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Big-Time Producer’s Bold Reaction to Michael Moore Being Ousted From Academy Position

In a move that went nearly unnoticed last month, left-leaning filmmaker Michael Moore was ousted from his position as a governor on the Academy’s documentary board.

Michael Moore Ousted From Academy Position, Producer Gerald Molen Hails Decision

Branko Lustig (left), Steven Spielberg (center), and Gerlad Molen (right) received Academy Awards for ‘Schindler’s List’ in 1994. (Sygma/Corbis)

And Oscar-winning producer Gerald Molen (Minority Report, Rain Man, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List) is positively thrilled with the development.

“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,” the noted producer wrote in a letter Thursday to Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“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 added.

Moore, who reportedly lost the spot in July, is famous for his films, yes, but he’s arguable more famous for being an outspoken liberal.

And it was Moore’s famously liberal beliefs that prompted Molen to seek his removal as a governor overseeing the process of nominating documentaries, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Foxes shouldn’t guard hen houses and Michael Moore shouldn’t have been in charge of the documentary nominating process at the Academy,” Molen’s letter reads.

This isn’t the first time that Molen has voiced his displeasure with the liberal filmmaker’s presence on the board. When Moore first made his way to the documentary branch in 2010, Molen wrote a scathing letter to president Hawk Koch, Molen criticizing the decision.

In the letter, Molen insinuated that conservative author Dinesh D’Souza’s “2016: Obama’s America” was snubbed at the direction of Moore. Molen also requested that Koch see that “2016” get “a fair shake,” The Hollywood Reporter notes.

“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,” he wrote in his letter to Koch.

Molen echoed similar sentiments in his letter to Isaacs: “I look forward to next year’s voting being more in line with what the Oscar audiences would expect.”

The ousting of Moore, he notes, “is a major victory for the silent super-majority in America.”

Michael Moore Ousted From Academy Position, Producer Gerald Molen Hails Decision

Dinesh D’Souza. (Getty Images)

D’Souza, for his part, hailed the news of Moore’s removal: “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.”

The conservative author’s next project, “America,” a look at “the meaning of what America the country was, is and should be,” is due in theaters July 2014, and he hopes it will “replace Moore’s ‘Farenheit 9/11’ as the highest-grossing political documentary of all time,” The Wrap reports.

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Miss a Minute of the Show? Here’s Who Won at the 85th Annual Academy Awards

Miss a Minute of the Show? Heres Who Won at the 85th Annual Academy Awards

Ben Affleck poses with his award for best picture for “Argo” during at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo: AP)

(TheBlaze/AP) — Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” a film about a fake movie, has earned a very real prize: best picture at the Academy Awards.

In “share-the-wealth mode,” the Associated Press writes, Oscar voters spread Sunday’s honors among a range of films, with “Argo” winning three trophies but “Life of Pi” leading with four.

Daniel Day-Lewis became the first person to win three best-actor Oscars, the latest coming for “Lincoln,” while “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence triumphed in Hollywood’s big games as best actress for “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Ang Lee pulled off a major upset, winning best director for the shipwreck story “Life of Pi,” taking the prize over Steven Spielberg, who had been favored for “Lincoln.” It was the second directing Oscar for Lee, who also won for “Brokeback Mountain.”

Miss a Minute of the Show? Heres Who Won at the 85th Annual Academy Awards

Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence (L) stands with Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway (R) during the 85th Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

The supporting-acting prizes went to Anne Hathaway for “Les Miserables” and Christoph Waltz for “Django Unchained.” It was Waltz’s second supporting-actor Oscar in a Quentin Tarantino film after previously winning for “Inglourious Basterds.” Tarantino also earned his second Oscar, for the “Django” screenplay, a category he previously won for “Pulp Fiction.”

Here’s a complete list of the winners:

1. Best Picture: “Argo.”

2. Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln.”

3. Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook.”

4. Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained.”

Miss a Minute of the Show? Heres Who Won at the 85th Annual Academy Awards

Actor Christoph Waltz accepts the Best Supporting Actor award for ‘Django Unchained’ onstage during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo: Getty Images)

5. Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables.”

6. Directing: Ang Lee, “Life of Pi.”

7. Foreign Language Film: “Amour.”

8. Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, “Argo.”

9. Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained.”

10. Animated Feature Film: “Brave.”

11. Production Design: “Lincoln.”

Miss a Minute of the Show? Heres Who Won at the 85th Annual Academy Awards

Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, winner of the Best Actor award for ‘Lincoln,’ and presenter Meryl Streep pose in the press room during the Oscars held at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo: Getty Images)

12. Cinematography: “Life of Pi.”

13. Sound Mixing: “Les Miserables.”

14. Sound Editing (tie): “Skyfall,” “Zero Dark Thirty.”

15. Original Score: “Life of Pi,” Mychael Danna.

16. Original Song: “Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth.

17. Costume: “Anna Karenina.”

18. Documentary Feature: “Searching for Sugar Man.”

19. Documentary (short subject): “Inocente.”

20. Film Editing: “Argo.”

21. Makeup and Hairstyling: “Les Miserables.”

Miss a Minute of the Show? Heres Who Won at the 85th Annual Academy Awards

From left, actors Aaron Tveit, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Hugh Jackman, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen and Russell Crowe, from the cast of “Les Miserables,” perform during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo: AP)

22. Animated Short Film: “Paperman.”

23. Live Action Short Film: “Curfew.”

24. Visual Effects: “Life of Pi.”

Here are some other moments from the event, in no particular order:


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