Michael Moore won a much - deserved Oscar for "Bowling
Michael Moore's acceptance speech:
On behalf of our producers Kathleen Glynn and Michael Donovan from Canada, I'd like
to thank the Academy for this.
I have invited my fellow documentary nominees on the stage with us, and we would like
to they're here in solidarity with me because we like non-fiction.
We like non-fiction and we live in fictitious times.
We live in the time where we have fictitious election results that elects a fictitious
We live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons.
Whether it's the fictition of duct tape or fictition of orange alerts we are against this war,
Shame on you, Mr. Bush, shame on you.
And any time you got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up.
Thank you very much.
Posted on Sun, Mar. 23, 2003
Michael Moore criticizes Bush during Oscar acceptance speech
HOLLYWOOD - (Knight Ridder/Tribune) - Winning the Academy Award for best
documentary film for "Bowling for Columbine," Michael Moore gave what's
likely to be the most controversial acceptance speech of the night,
criticizing President George W. Bush and the war on Iraq. "We like
nonfiction," Moore said while standing onstage with the filmmakers of the
documentaries "Spellbound," "Prisoner of Paradise," "Daughter from Danang"
and "Winged Migration," "and we live in fictitious times. We live in a time
where we have fictitious elections, which elects a fictitious president. We
live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious
reasons." "We are against the war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you, Mr. Bush, shame
on you," he shouted, before music chimed in signaling the end of his time on
the stage. The reaction from the audience almost drowned out Moore's
comments, with half the crowd booing and the other half clapping. The camera
panned to the reaction of several attendees, including best actor nominee
Adrien Brody (with a stunned-looking Chad Lowe in the background), a smiling
Lou Gossett Jr. and Martin Scorsese, who looked as if he were on the brink
of clapping. Harrison Ford was seen smiling, while Denzel Washington looked
less enthused as he thoughtfully pulled at his beard. Host Steve Martin made
light of the speech later by telling the crowd that "Teamsters are helping
Michael Moore into the trunk of his limo."
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The following is a transcript of director Michael
Moore's acceptance speech after his film ''Bowling for Columbine'' won an
Oscar for best documentary feature on Sunday. ''On behalf of our producers
Kathleen Glynn and Michael Donovan from Canada we would like to thank the
academy. I've invited my fellow documentary makers on stage with us and we
would like to ... they are here, they are here in solidarity with me because
we like non-fiction, we like non-fiction and we live in fictitious times.
''We live in a time where we have fictitious election results, that elect a
fictitious president. We live in a time where we have a man sending us to
war for fictitious reasons, whether it is the fiction of duct tape or the
fiction of orange alerts. We are against this war, Mr. Bush, shame on you,
Mr Bush., shame on you and any time you got to...(drowned out by music).
Michael Moore criticizes U.S. war in Iraq in Oscar speech ANTHONY BREZNICAN,
AP Entertainment Writer [clear.gif] Sunday, March 23, 2003
(03-23) 20:09 PST LOS ANGELES (AP) --
A standing ovation and a handful of jeers from Hollywood's elite greeted
filmmaker Michael Moore when he criticized President Bush and the U.S.-led
war in Iraq during his acceptance speech Sunday after winning the
documentary feature Oscar for "Bowling for Columbine." "We live in
fictitious times. We live in the time where we have fictitious election
results that elect a fictitious president. We live in a time where we have a
man who's sending us to war for fictitious reasons, whether it's the fiction
of duct tape or the fiction of orange alerts," Moore said. Applause gave way
to some boos, as the orchestra began to play the filmmaker off the stage.
"We are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you, Mr. Bush. Shame on you,"
Moore shouted, surrounded onstage by his fellow nominees in a show of
solidarity. "It was so sweet backstage, the teamsters are helping Michael
Moore into the trunk of his limo," host Steve Martin joked later. "Bowling
for Columbine" was Moore's satirical exploration of violence in America. The
title refers to the fact that gunmen Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went
bowling before they opened fire at Columbine High School in Colorado,
killing 12 students and a teacher before turning the guns on themselves.
Asked backstage why he made the remarks, Moore answered: "I'm an American."
"Is that all?" a reporter asked. "Oh, that's a lot," Moore responded. He
said the Iraqi conflict sends a negative image to the nation's youth. "What
was the lesson that we taught children of Columbine this week? ... That
violence is an acceptable means to resolve a conflict," Moore said
backstage. Moore dismissed the jeers, telling reporters: "Don't report that
there was split decision in the hall because five loud people booed." The
rotund, scruffy-bearded activist from Flint, Mich., also directed the 1989
documentary "Roger & Me," in which he pursued former General Motors Corp.
boss Roger Smith to confront him about the collapse of the auto industry in
Moore's hometown. Moore also is the author of the best-selling book "Stupid
White Men ... And Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation," which
criticizes American politicians for favoring corporate wealth over public
well-being. Scattered appeals for peace and grim reports from the U.S.-led
war in Iraq added a sober contrast to Hollywood's traditional night of
glitzy self-glorification at Sunday's Academy Awards. "In light of all the
troubles in this world, I wish us all peace," said Chris Cooper, ending his
acceptance speech after winning the supporting actor award for "Adaptation."
Cooper was among several nominees, including Meryl Streep and Martin
Scorsese, who wore dove peace pins on their formal wear as a silent
statement about the war.