Richard Roeper’s Oscar Picks Revealed on “OutSmart”

REDMOND, Wash., March 20, 2002 — While the nominees decide on red carpet attire and acceptance speech accolades, movie buffs are looking to gain a competitive edge for their Oscar® pools. Today, acclaimed movie critic Richard Roeper divulges his Oscar picks during his guest appearance on
“OutSmart™ ,” the Internet’s most popular celebrity-based trivia game, available on, the exclusive MSN® games channel.

Match Oscar wits with acclaimed film critic Richard Roeper on “OutSmart,” the Internet’s most popular online celebrity game show at

“Challenging Richard Roeper, and listening to his picks during the game, gave me the upper hand for my Oscar party this year,”
said Chris Di Cesare, executive producer of
“This episode truly showcases the essence of the game, allowing fans to get a sneak peek into a celebrity’s life while engaged in an interactive trivia experience.”

During the show, Roeper raves about Ben Kingsley’s performance in
“Sexy Beast”
and Nicole Kidman’s work in
“Moulin Rouge”
while calmly deflecting fast-paced Oscar trivia questions posed by
host Tim Parker. Produced by games industry leader,
is a free* online game show that pits players directly against a celebrity in trivia related to the celebrity’s own career. The game’s unique audio component allows players to interact with celebrities such as Roeper, who will defend his Oscar picks during the show. Internet users can now play the
Richard Roeper episode exclusively at ( ) and find out who he thinks will take home an Oscar.

Players may have reason to believe they can indeed outsmart this movie expert — Roeper didn’t place
“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”
on his top 10 list, and it’s nominated for 13 Oscars. However, if Roeper does win, like most celebrities he’ll want to thank everyone, including his parents, the host, the producer … and even the key grip.

celebrity guests include TV vixen Jessica Alba, director John Landis, actor Clint Howard, country musician Garth Brooks, Latin sensation Shakira, Olympic gold medalist Dan Jansen, pop singer and actress Mandy Moore, techno superstar Fatboy Slim and members of *NSync. All episodes are playable exclusively in the
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