Michael Moore, the grumpy, liberal filmmaker, just lost his position as a voting member on the Academy Awards documentary board over his radical and politically biased views.
Moore will no longer be an Academy governor with a say in what documentaries are nominated for an award, The Hollywood Reporter announced.
Conservative filmmaker and Oscar-winner for “Schindler’s List, Gerald Molen, had vocally advocated for Moore’s removal “overseeing the process of nominating documentary films because he was too liberally biased,” and has recently spoken out in a letter to the Academy’s new president.
According to the Reporter, which obtained Molen’s letter sent Thursday to Cheryl Boone Isaccs, Molen wrote, in part:
On behalf of my fellow filmmakers and the vast American Heartland which, on occasion, has felt disenfranchised by the Academy, I want to personally thank you and the Academy for removing Mr. Moore and restoring a fair and impartial voting process to the documentary category of the Oscars.
Foxes shouldn’t guard hen houses and Michael Moore shouldn’t have been in charge of the documentary nominating process at the Academy.
I look forward to next year’s voting being more in line with what the Oscar audiences would expect.
[The removal of Moore] is a major victory for the silent super-majority in America and I am grateful to the leadership of the Academy as well as the voters for returning integrity and balance to a revered and respected national iconic organization.
Molen’s criticism of Moore stemmed, in part, from the Oscar “snub” of the conservative documentary by Dinesh D’Souza, “2016: Obama’s America,” which Molen produced.
In a May letter sent to the Academy’s former president Hawk Koch, Molen wrote:
We’ve already experienced a time in Hollywood where an atmosphere of oppression and fear was prevalent and people were punished for their political views. Let us make sure that never happens again.
According to the Reporter, Molen is hoping his follow-up collaborative film with D’Souza coming out next year, “America,” will now receive a “fair shake” for an Oscar without the liberal bias of Moore on the board.
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