Director Moore Scolds Bush from Oscar Stage
Published on Sunday, March 23, 2003 by Reuters
Director Moore Scolds Bush from Oscar Stage

LOS ANGELES - Politics grabbed center stage at the Academy Awards on Sunday as the winner for best documentary, director Michael Moore, charged President Bush with waging a "fictitious war."

Michael Moore
Michael Moore flashes a peace sign as he poses with the Oscars won for best documentary feature for the film 'Bowling for Columbine' during the 75th annual Academy Awards Sunday, March 23, 2003, in Los Angeles.
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Wagging his finger from the stage as he was both applauded and booed by the assembled celebrities, Moore said, "We are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you."

Moore won for "Bowling for Columbine," a provocative film on the roots of gun violence in America, whose title refers to the Colorado high school where two students massacred 13 people before killing themselves in 1999.

Moore, who received a standing ovation from the assembled celebrities, invited the other nominees for best documentary film to join him onstage in solidarity against the war against Iraq.

"We like nonfiction 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," Moore said.

Oscar host Steve Martin joked after Moore finished speaking that "the Teamsters are helping Mr. Moore into the trunk of his limo."

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