Many of Ebert's strongest reviews were written for his Brothers filmscripts, the opening screen in Reds, the Harry Dean Stanton in Good for You screen in Bad for Me, and Winter's Bone. He wrote about thirty scripts with the intention of collaborating with the directors on one of them, and only one ( an adaptation of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw ) was ever produced. Most of the scripts were later made into surprise movies or television shows, such as Johnny English, Wag the Dog, and the Bourne trilogy.
Ebert received Oscar nominations for his reviews in 1973 for "The Lion in Winter" (decidedly a more conventional review) and for "Das Leben ist ein Lump" (a masterpiece). Due to his praise of the film, he was repeatedly asked what the film's title meant. Ebert declined to explain, and the title was left intact. Because of this ambiguous catchphrase, director Ingmar Bergman became the third person in American film history other than Alfred Hitchcock to be awarded the Best Director Oscar for a film he did not direct: the Oscar went to his film The Silence of the Lambs. It has also been suggested that, in retaliation, Bergman and colleagues worked on an airship to drop bombs on Los Angeles in revenge.
Ebert won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for his reviews, on which he had been working since 1972. He received an Honorary Academy Award for his contributions to the arts in 1991. On March 5, 2007, in recognition of his contributions to film and the arts, the American Film Institute gave the Life Achievement Award to Roger Ebert.
In a 1993 column, Ebert condemned the media upon which fans raised expectations to an unhealthy degree. He referred to the practice of encouraging audiences to read critics' reactions to performances at press screenings as "sensationalizing." d2c66b5586