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Year: 2002 (75th) Academy Awards
Category: Documentary (Feature)
Film Title: Bowling for Columbine
Winner: Michael Moore, Michael Donovan (accompanied on stage by producer Kathleen Glynn and the other nominees in the category: Jeffrey Blitz, Sean Welch, Malcolm Clarke, Stuart Sender, Jacques Perrin, Gail Dolgin, Vicente Franco)
Presenter: Diane Lane
Date & Venue: March 23, 2003; Kodak Theatre
Thank you very much. On behalf of our producers Kathleen Glynn and Michael Donovan from Canada, I'd like to thank the Academy for this.
I've invited my fellow documentary nominees on the stage with us, and we would like to--they are 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 the fictitious of orange alerts. We are against this war, Mr. Bush! Shame on you, Mr. Bush! Shame on you! And any time you've got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up! Thank you very much.
[Ed. note: The U.S. invasion of Iraq had begun earlier that week.]
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