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Ebert Speaks, Makes Oscar Picks on Oprah

Computer program lets cancer-ravaged critic find his old voice

Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010  |  Updated 8:04 AM EDT
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Ebert Speaks, Makes Oscar Picks on Oprah

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Film critic Roger Ebert, who lost his ability to speak after cancer surgery, went on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and made his Oscar picks using a computer-generated voice.

Computer programmers at Scotland-based CereProc took voice samples from Ebert's recorded work and made a program that allows him to type words that are then translated in his voice.

"In first grade, they said I talk too much. And now I still can," Ebert said on the Tuesday show.

With wife Chaz next to him, Ebert crossed his fingers when Winfrey said he is cancer free, holding a hand to his heart to show affection and made eager grasps at the air when Winfrey asked if he misses food. He can no longer eat.

Ebert's Academy Awards picks:

Best Picture: "The Hurt Locker."

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow for "The Hurt Locker."

Best Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique for "Precious."

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz for "Inglourious Basterds."

Best Actress: Sandra Bullock for "The Blind Side."

Best Actor: Jeff Bridges for "Crazy Heart."

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