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In addition to adding the unlikely phrase "Oscar winner Eminem" to the national vocabulary, tonight's ceremony also featured this speech from the inimitable Michael Moore:

Whoa. 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 nonfiction. We like nonfiction and we live in fictitious times. We live in the time where we have fictitious election results that elects a fictitious president. 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, Mr. Bush. 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.

OK, "fictition" isn't a word, but still.

Replies: 10 Confessions

Perhaps in support we could start using "fictition" as a word. I certainly like it better than either "nucular" or "webbity." The fictition of duct tape . . . it could be part of the lyrics to "Our Lady of Oklahoma."

elavil @ 03/24/2003 06:40 AM CST

The story is already being spun that mean old Michael Moore got booed. Well, we saw it ourselves on TV, and just as many people applauded as booed. And what about the 7 other directors who were nomimated? They stood up on stage with Moore, so they support his message as well. Gotta pick on them, if you're going to pick on Moore.

And really, it should not have come as a shock to anyone that Moore made such a statement. I'm sure the Academy knew full well what it was inviting to have happen, when Moore was nominated.

jima @ 03/24/2003 07:54 AM CST

The 20% truth, 80% lie style of discourse is all the rage this year, made more flagrant because the lie is applied to incidents that people have actually seen with their own eyes. In this case, yes, definitely, some people booed. Other people, who supported Moore's remarks, are just ignored. The goal is that soon no one will remember what really happened but will replace that memory with the lie. Good on you for recalling the truth instead.

elavil @ 03/24/2003 08:10 AM CST

I have no patience for award shows, so I am kinda bummed I missed michael moore's speech. I love michael moore and would be willing to bare his child if he hadn't already gone and got married so long ago.

shechemist @ 03/24/2003 09:04 AM CST

Perhaps "fictition" could become the next Wordnerd entry?

Andrew @ 03/24/2003 10:21 AM CST

Nice speech. I missed that one. I just caught Steve Martin floundering in his opening monologue.

Charlie @ 03/24/2003 11:06 AM CST

"And what about the 7 other directors who were nomimated? They stood up on stage with Moore, so they support his message as well."

They stood up with him because he asked them to, not because they necessarily support his message. What makes you think the knew he was going to spout off about Iraq? It's not as though he had just won an award for a crockumentary called "Bowling for Baghdad."

Xrlq @ 03/27/2003 11:46 AM CST

Oh, my heavens, Xrlq -- do you honestly believe all those other filmmakers were duped? What makes you think they didn't know he was going to spout off about Iraq? He's Michael Moore -- spouting off is what he does. And I haven't heard any of them complaining after the fact, which you would think they would take the opportunity to do now if they were at all offended by what he said.

Thank you for playing. We have some lovely parting gifts for you.

amyc @ 03/27/2003 06:41 PM CST

I never said they were offended. What I did say was that to assume they agreed with the message - let alone with Moore's tasteless delivery thereof - simply because they shared a stage with him is a non sequitur. Franco and Dolgin have publicly expressed their support for Moore's message, but Franco distanced himself considerably from Moore's undiplomatic style. AFAIK, the other 5 have not publicly expressed a view on his message one way or the other.

Even if were to jump to the conclusion that all 7 agree with Moore on substance, this still would not mean, as Jima claimed, that we "gotta pick on them" too. Moore acted like a jerk; they didn't.

Xrlq @ 03/27/2003 08:14 PM CST

He invited them onstage to show support for his speech against the war, not because he just wanted them to have a moment before the cameras. They knew what they were getting into, they obviously supported his message, so I think we can safely say that all the nominated filmmakers believe Bush is a fictional president waging a fictional war. I'm not entirely sure what your bone of contention is. And, honestly, I don't give a shit.

amyc @ 03/27/2003 10:05 PM CST

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