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Transcendence

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"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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The Winners! They Outguessed Ebert

The champion predictor of the 2010 Outguess Ebert contest is Linda Fields of Hobart, Indiana. Of the 7,236 entries, 21 readers got all ten categories right. She's a server at Gino's steakhouse in Merrillville, IN, and will be taking her husband, Sam, on her free trip to Los Angeles. They're been married for 20 years; he's a retired railroad worker.

Of the ten perfect scores, three also had the tie-breaker correct (what film will win the most Oscars?). We held a drawing, and Linda and Sam won the Grand Prize:

A two-night trip to the Premiere of Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story 3" movie (the "Premiere") at a date and location to be determined exclusively by the prize providers, including round-trip airfare for two, two nights' hotel stay, two tickets to the Premiere, and Blu-ray discs of "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2." Approximate retail value of the grand prize is $3,500, and it is sponsored by Walt Disney Pictures and the Hollywood Boulevard theater in Woodridge and the Hollywood Palms in Naperville -- both special destinations jammed with movie memorabilia,

The others win the First Prize:

An autographed copy of Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2010, and a DVD prize pack, containing ten titles featuring 2010 Oscar Nominees and Winners. (Some titles will arrive separately after their DVD release date.) The approximate retail value is $230

Congratulations! That means they all predicted the screenplay categories correctly, and they were my weak point.

The ten First Prize winners are:

Girta Jacobs, Chicago; Eileen Olson, Buffalo Grove, IL; Kathy Gallo, Plainfield, IL; Nadia Chaudhury, Brighton, ME; Kay Michaels, Durham, NC; Quinn Huddleston, Nixa, MO; Alan Abrams, Mesquite, NV; Edward Walsh, Madison, WI; Matthew Buckwalter, Hampton, VA; and Chris Lee, Highland, UT.

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