Michael Moore, whose anti-gun film “Bowling for Columbine” won the
Academy Award tonight for Best Documentary, accepted his Oscar by attacking President Bush amid boos from the star-studded audience.
Michael Moore and wife Kathleen Glynn (photo: Oscar.com)
Moore said he believes in non-fiction despite the fact that “we live in a time with fictitious election results that elect
fictitious presidents. We live in a time when we have a man sending us to
war for fictitious reasons.”
Moore went on to exclaim, ”we are against this war Mr. Bush. Shame on you! Shame on you!”
His comments were greeted by a chorus of loud boos from the audience of 3,500, which included most of Hollywood’s top stars.
Moore pressed on but was drowned out by music once the 45-second time limit on the speech was up.
Academy Awards host Steve Martin, appearing after Moore’s speech, said it was an interesting scene backstage and that ”the Teamsters are helping Michael Moore into the trunk of his limo.”
After receiving the award, Moore remained unapologetic for his outburst.
”I’m an American, and you don’t leave your citizenship when you enter the doors of the Kodak Theater. What’s great about this country is that you can speak your mind,” he said.
He said that, far from being appalled, many people in the audience stood up to applaud him and that he put ”America in a good light.”
”I showed how vital it is to have free speech in our country and all Americans have the right to stand up for what they believe in.”
Steve Martin’s closing comment at the end of the awards ceremony was: ”To our men and women overseas watching, we are thinking of you and we hope you enjoyed the show, it is for you, good night.”
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