In 1975, the same year he was teamed with Gene Siskel on Chicago television, Roger Ebert became the first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for film criticism.note Only three more have joined him: Washington Post film critic Stephen Hunter in 2003, Wall Street Journal film critic Joe Morgenstern in 2005, and Boston Globe film critic Wesley Morris in 2012.
"But Schneider is correct, and Patrick Goldstein has not yet won a Pulitzer Prize. Therefore, Goldstein is not qualified to complain that Columbia financed Deuce Bigalow European Gigolo while passing on the opportunity to participate in Million Dollar Baby, Ray, The Aviator, Sideways and Finding Neverland. As chance would have it, I have won the Pulitzer Prize, and so I am qualified. Speaking in my official capacity as a Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr. Schneider, your movie sucks."
Finally, Roger Ebert lived the dream of any movie buff. When he was 25, he was assigned as the Chicago Sun-Times' film critic just as New Hollywood was getting underway with his first review being the classic, Bonnie and Clyde. From that good start, he would co-star in a long running TV show, Siskel And Ebert, making him and Gene Siskel the two most influential and powerful critics in the world to fight for some appreciation of film artistry just as the more commericial Blockbuster Age of Hollywood was getting underway. With that, Ebert would be a cherished presence at film festivals like Cannnes, be on a first name basis with the biggest stars of film, write numerous books, short fiction, and even a movie, the silly turkey, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, which he had the good grace to laugh about for the rest of his life. Although Ebert was plagued with alcoholism, he later recovered and found the love of his life with Chaz, who would be his rock when his body was ravaged by the cancer that would eventually kill him. Even after he lost his jaw and his voice, Ebert was still able to do what he loved, watching and writing about movies, while taking maximum advantage of the possibilities of the Internet right until his final days. No wonder the only thing Roger loved more than movies, was Life Itself.