Michael Moore was unceremoniously tossed out on his ear as Governor of the Academy Awards for documentaries. Oscar winner, Gerald Molen is cheering. Molen, producer of such movies as Schindler’s List, Rain Man, Jurassic Park, and the Minority Report, said, “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.”
He added, “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.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Molen had sought Moore’s ouster because he used the position to advance his ideology, rather than to nominate the best documentaries. Molen’s letter also included the line, “Foxes shouldn’t guard hen houses and Michael Moore shouldn’t have been in charge of the documentary nominating process at the Academy.”
This is not the first time Molen had criticized Moore. When Moore was first named to the board, Molen sent a letter to president Hawk Koch, furiously criticizing the selection of Moore.
Molen blames Moore for the snub, Dinesh D’Souza’s “2016: Obama’s America”, received from the academy. The documentary was the second highest grossing documentary ever made.
D’Souza also hailed the decision to dump Moore, saying, “This is a great victory for the American people and the first glimmer of hope that future Academy voting will look less like a North Korean election.” D’Souza is currently working on a sequel, named, , “America,” a look at “the meaning of what America the country was, is and should be,” that is due at the movie houses in July of 2014.