A major Hollywood producer, Gerald Molen, is cheering the ousting of Michael Moore as Government of the Academy Awards for documentaries. Mr. Molen, an Oscar winner and 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.”
I am grateful that someone in the entertainment industry is speaking out about the lack of integrity and respect that Michael Moore has demonstrated over the years. Gerald Molen went on to say, “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.”
He further commented that “Foxes should not guard hen houses and Michael Moore shouldn’t have been in charge of the documentary nominating process at the Academy.”
He has criticized Moore previously, and even protested his selection to be on the board by sending a letter to President Hawk Koch. Mr. Molen blames Moore for the snub of Dinesh D’Souza’s “2016: Obama’s America,” which was the second highest grossing documentary ever made. D’Souza added his voice to the ousting of 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”
I saw 2016: Obama’s America, and can state positively that it was the best documentary I have ever seen. There was no reason for it to be disregarded by the Academy, and I don’t think it would have been without Michael Moore’s input and lack of integrity.