The Music Box Theatre Takes the Challenge to “Outguess Ebert”
by Dave Jennings
Monday, February 20th, 2012 3:16pm
Last Friday the Music Box Theatre, via its social networks, threw down the gauntlet and challenged Roger Ebert, one of the greatest living film critics, to a battle of Oscar guesses. After a period of what we can only assume was deep and thoughtful consideration, Mr. Ebert publicly accepted our ‘foolish’ challenge.
On February 8th, as part of his annual “Outguess Ebert” contest, Mr. Ebert announced his predictions for the 2012 Academy Awards, which take place this Sunday. The Music Box (and its fans) believe we know better.
From Mr. Ebert’s website: “In self-defense, I will point out that the deadline for my predictions was Feb. 7, with the Oscars more than two weeks away, on Feb. 26. Predicting so far in advance is a handicap, and as a result, you have an excellent chance of outguessing me. Still, this annual contest is fun and provides me with an opportunity to show how badly I can do.”
The Music Box Theatre will solicit the opinions of their over 13,000 Facebook fans and nearly 8,000 Twitter Followers in six categories to help make predictions to outguess Ebert.
So, while the winners of Ebert’s challenge could win a an all-expense paid free trip to LA for a film premiere, the gentleman’s bet between the Music Box Staff and Ebert is simple… if the Music Box Theatre wins Roger will offer signed copies of his books to give away to selected Music Box patrons… but if Ebert wins he will get to pick a film of his choosing to screen publicly at the Music Box Theatre.
That’s right, if Roger wins, he get the Music Box for a night.
Here’s how it will work: From Monday, February 20th through Saturday February 25th the Music Box will post a Facebook poll each day, asking the assistance of their fans in making a decision in five categories: Foreign Language Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, & Best Picture—at the end of the workday, the Music Box staff will make a prediction and award prizes to those who participated!
On Sunday night either the Music Box or Mr. Ebert will emerge victorious. Tune in to the Music Box Theatre Facebook and Twitter feeds for all the fun!