Ang Lee
(Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
February 24, 2013

UIUC Alum Wins Best Director at Oscars

Ang Lee has won the Academy Award for best director for his "Life of Pi." Lee graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1980 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.


Roger Ebert
(Steve Shoemaker)
June 18, 2012

C-U’s Native Film Critic Turns 70: Ebert’s Early Life

For most people, the name Roger Ebert stands out as a man who’s known for giving movies a thumbs up or down. And it’s widely known he hails from Urbana.  But to those who haven’t read the famed critic’s memoir, there’s a backstory to a man who didn’t set out to write about film.  


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