Roger Ebert, the best known movie critic in the country, now says he may be wrong about his previously published prediction of the Best Picture winner that will be announced this coming Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, on ABC’s coverage of the Academy Awards.
Writes Ebert: "For Best Picture, I joined nearly the whole world and countless awards shows by predicting ‘Argo,’ the thriller about how Hollywood outsmarted Iran during the hostage crisis. It was also my choice of the year’s best movie.
"Now, more and more, from many different quarters, I hear affection for ‘Silver Linings Playbook.’ People tell me, ‘I have a brother-in- law exactly like that.’ I sense a groundswell."
Ebert says he feels he also erred in his pick for Best Actress. Ebert writes, "My original choice for Best Actress was Emmanuelle Riva, for ‘Amour.’ I finally decided on Jennifer Lawrence, Now, as more and more people get the chance to see Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’ and Riva’s extraordinary work as a proud lady’s disintegration under Alzheimer’s, I think sentiment is shifting. She may become the oldest nominee in history to win."