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Michael Moore

Biography

Liberal politics activist who released the documentaries Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko, Capitalism: A Love Tale, Roger and Me and Bowling for Columbine. His documentaries cover politics issues such as for example globalization, big companies, as well as the American health care system. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout within the Boy Scouts of America. His Fahrenheit 9/11 documentary established the box workplace record for documentary movies in 2004. He was wedded to Kathleen Glynn from 1991 to 2014. He and Kathleen acquired a daughter called Natalie jointly. He became known for his criticism of such correct wing politicians as Leader George W. Bush.

Quick Facts


Full Name Michael Moore
Date Of Birth April 23, 1954
Place Of Birth Flint, MI
Height 1.82 m
Profession Director
Education Davison High School, St. John's Elementary School, University of Michigan–Flint
Nationality American
Spouse Kathleen Glynn
Children Natalie Moore
Parents Frank Moore, Veronica Moore
Awards Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, Palme d'Or, César Award for Best Foreign Film, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Documentary, Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay, Bodil Award for Best American Film, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Non-Fiction Film, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series, Gotham Independent Film Tribute Award, PGA Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures, PGA Most Promising Producer in Television
Music Groups Rose Royce, Clusone Trio
Nominations Golden Lion, Grand Jury Prize, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Documentary Screenplay, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Non-fiction Series, Best Screenplay Award, Silver Lion for Best Director, European Film Award for Best Non-European Film, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Documentaries, British Independent Film Award for Best International Independent Film, Robert Award for Best American Film, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Memoir & Autobiography, WGA Award for Best Documentary - Current Events - Television, Australian Film Institute Award for Best Foreign Film
Movies Where to Invade Next, Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore in TrumpLand, Bowling for Columbine, Sicko, Capitalism: A Love Story, Roger & Me, The Big One, Canadian Bacon, Captain Mike Across America, Michael Moore Hates America, Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint, EDtv, The Yes Men, Lucky Numbers, The Fever, What Is Cinema?, Roseanne for President!, Fahrenheit 11/9, And Justice for All, Dika: Murder City
TV Shows TV Nation, The Awful Truth, The Messy Truth With Van Jones
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#Fact
1Hospitalized with pneumonia in February 2016.
2Although he never went to film school, he has stated that aspiring student filmmakers should attend CalArts or Columbia College Chicago as supposed to USC or NYU. He noted this is because these two schools show a great amount of diversity in their students' backgrounds and therefore can create a greater range of films.
3Despite his determination to unseat George W. Bush in his film Fahrenheit 911, Moore never publicly endorsed Kerry. In his book "Dude Where's My Country" he stated that primary also-ran would be the best choice for the 2004 Democratic nominee.
4Bellaire, Michigan [July 2007]
5Moore's 2011 autobiography "Here Comes Trouble" features a picture of him as a 13-month-old boy on the cover.
6Due to his portly demeanor, Moore has always been uncomfortable seeing himself on film, thus, a prominent poster in his production office reads: "When in doubt - cut me out!".
7Having completed Capitalism: A Love Story (2009), he has hinted that he may take a break from documentary filmmaking and that his next project will be a feature film. He's written two screenplays he'd like to get made, a comedy and a thriller.
8Though born in Flint, it is not actually his hometown. He grew up 10 miles east of Flint in Davison, which doesn't have a hospital.
92007 - Ranked #27 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.
10After the box office failure of Canadian Bacon (1995), a very depressed Moore briefly contemplated early retirement. However, famous producer rep John Pierson and filmmaker Kevin Smith changed Moore's mind and gave him inspiration during Pierson's "Spike, Mike, Slackers and Dykes" book tour. Smith could identify with Moore's grief, having just experienced the box office failure of Mallrats (1995).
11Another of his favorite films is also his favorite documentary, Hearts and Minds (1974).
12While the press tried to pit Moore and his Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) against Mel Gibson and his The Passion of the Christ (2004) against each other as the representation of "blue" and "red" states in the election year of 2004, the two men get along well personally and find their opposition to be an invention of the press. Actually Moore, a practicing Catholic, loved "Passion" and saw it many times and Gibson, who opposed the invasion of Iraq despite his conservative reputation, greatly enjoyed "Fahrenheit."
13Senator John McCain referred to him as a "disingenuous filmmaker" during his speech at the 2004 Republican National Convention. Moore, who was present at the convention in the press area, stood and waved both arms at the crowd, which started chanting "four more years!" Moore then flashed a sign language L (for "loser") at the crowd and, according to "The Guardian" newspaper, said, "Two more months!"
14Early in Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) a celebrity-filled rally for Al Gore is shown and Moore (in his narration) refers to Ben Affleck, "Little Stevie" Wonder, and "the guy from Taxi Driver (1976)," that "guy" being Robert De Niro. This was perhaps a bit of joke because Taxi Driver (1976) is Moore's favorite film and De Niro is one of the actors Moore respects the most.
15Although he owns a VW Beetle, he is now said to travel about by chauffered limo.
16Supported Ralph Nader in the 2000 presidential elections.
17Attended the University of Michigan-Flint in the 1970s.
18His movie Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) was shown at the Cannes Film festival, making it the most sought-after movie there. [May 2004]
19Elected to Davison, Michigan, board of education at age 18; this is described and elaborated upon in chapter 5 "Idiot Nation" in his book "Stupid White Men".
20Lives in New York City.
21Has a daughter, Natalie.
22Throughout his film Bowling for Columbine (2002), Moore proudly sports a Michigan State University baseball hat.
23On the day after his infamous "Oscar Backlash", where he attacked both George W. Bush and the Iraq war, attendance for his movie Bowling for Columbine (2002) went up 110%. The following weekend, the box office for the film was up 73%.
24Is a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association. Moore told Tim Russert that he joined so as to be elected its president and then dismantle the organization.
25Much of his ancestry is Irish, and he also has English and Scottish roots. Some of his family lines have been in the United States since the 1600s.
26Raised money for the production of his first film, Roger & Me (1989), by running neighborhood bingo games in his house.
27Briefly served as both editor and columnist for Mother Jones magazine.
28It was announced on March 13, 2002, his book "Stupid White Men...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation" had reached #1 on the New York Times non-fiction list.
29His favourite films are Wild Strawberries (1957) and Taxi Driver (1976).
30Was arrested during filming of the video "Sleep Now In The Fire" by Rage Against the Machine, protesting Wall Street and the investment of American money overseas (i.e. in hostile and Communist countries). The filming also shut down the New York Stock Exchange early that day when band members tried to enter the floor uninvited.


Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Michael Moore in TrumpLand2016Documentary producer
Where to Invade Next2015Documentary producer
10%: What Makes a Hero?2013Documentary executive producer
Occupy Los Angeles2012Documentary executive producer
Capitalism: A Love Story2009Documentary producer
Slacker Uprising2007Documentary producer
Sicko2007Documentary producer
Fahrenheit 9/112004Documentary producer
Bowling for Columbine2002Documentary producer
The Awful Truth1999-2000TV Series documentary executive producer - 24 episodes
Better Days1998TV Series producer
TV Nation: Volume Two1997Video documentary executive producer
TV Nation: Volume One1997Video documentary executive producer
Canadian Bacon1995producer
TV Nation1994TV Series documentary executive producer
Two Mikes Don't Make a Wright1993Documentary producer - segment "Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint"
Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint1992TV Short documentary producer
Roger & Me1989Documentary producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Michael Moore in TrumpLand2016Documentary
Where to Invade Next2015Documentary
Capitalism: A Love Story2009Documentary
Slacker Uprising2007Documentary
Sicko2007Documentary
Fahrenheit 9/112004Documentary
The Best of R.E.M.: In View 1988-20032003Video documentary video "All the Way to Reno"
Bowling for Columbine2002Documentary
The Awful Truth1999-2000TV Series documentary 24 episodes
And Justice for All1998TV Movie documentary
TV Nation: Volume Two1997Video documentary
TV Nation: Volume One1997Video documentary
The Big One1997Documentary
Canadian Bacon1995
TV Nation1994TV Series documentary 1994-1995
Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint1992TV Short documentary
Roger & Me1989Documentary

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Michael Moore in TrumpLand2016Documentary
Where to Invade Next2015Documentary written by
Capitalism: A Love Story2009Documentary written by
Slacker Uprising2007Documentary written by
Sicko2007Documentary written by
Fahrenheit 9/112004Documentary written by
A Brief History of the United States of America2002Short
Bowling for Columbine2002Documentary written by
The Awful TruthTV Series documentary writer - 23 episodes, 1999 - 2000 written by - 1 episode, 1999
TV Nation: Volume Two1997Video documentary
TV Nation: Volume One1997Video documentary
The Big One1997Documentary written by
Canadian Bacon1995written by
TV Nation1994TV Series documentary
Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint1992TV Short documentary
Roger & Me1989Documentary written by

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
BrainDead2016TV SeriesMichael Moore
The Fever2004Reporter
Lucky Numbers2000Walter
Edtv1999Panel Member
Canadian Bacon1995Redneck Guy #2

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Food Matters2008Documentary inspired by
Spin1995Documentary funding provided by
Two Mikes Don't Make a Wright1993Documentary director: archive footage
The Panama Deception1992Documentary generous support

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Jay Leno Show2009TV Series performer - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lost River2014thanks
Finding Vivian Maier2013Documentary special thanks
Dirty Wars2013Documentary special thanks
Occupy Los Angeles2012Documentary the producers wish to thank
Mary & Bill2010Documentary special thanks
Camp Chapel2010Short special thanks
Winnebago Man2009Documentary special thanks
My Longest Day2008Documentary short thanks
Small Town Gay Bar2006Documentary thanks
Fahrenheit 9/11: A Movement in Time2004TV Movie documentary special thanks
Bush Family Fortunes: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy2004Video documentary very special thanks
Liberty Bound2004Documentary special thanks
Europas nye stjerner2004TV Series documentary thanks
Last Party 20002001Documentary special thanks
Budget Liquor2001Documentary short special thanks
English Composition: Writing for an Audience2001TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
Chicano Television1999TV Series special thanks
Sex: The Annabel Chong Story1999Documentary thanks
Some Mother's Son1996special thanks
Feed1992Documentary thanks
Blood in the Face1991Documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
TV Nation: Volume Two1997Video documentaryHimself - Host
The Michael Moore Show1997TV MovieHimself - Host
TV Nation: Volume One1997Video documentaryHimself - Host
I Think I Cannes1997Himself (uncredited)
The Big One1997DocumentaryHimself
Mad About You1997TV SeriesHimself
TV Nation1994-1995TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
Rock the Vote1993TV MovieHimself
Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint1992TV Short documentaryHimself
Blood in the Face1991DocumentaryInterviewer
Late Night with David Letterman1989-1990TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Roger & Me1989DocumentaryHimself
Beyond Barricades2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Children of the Revolution: Tune Back InDocumentary completedHimself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2016TV SeriesHimself
AM Joy2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Real Time with Bill Maher2003-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Panelist / Himself
Hardball with Chris Matthews2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Michael Moore in TrumpLand2016DocumentaryHimself
Meet the Press2016TV SeriesHimself
All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone2016DocumentaryHimself - Independent filmmaker
The 4%: Film's Gender Problem2016Documentary shortHimself
The View2007-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter2016TV SeriesHimself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2015TV SeriesHimself
Where to Invade Next2015DocumentaryHimself
Roseanne for President!2015DocumentaryHimself - Filmmaker & Author
Bill Maher: Live from D.C.2014TV Special documentaryHimself
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Piers Morgan Tonight2011-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Democracy Now!2010-2013TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Show2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The War Room with Michael Shure2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Our Dreams2012DocumentaryHimself
The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell2010-2012TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2004-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Conan2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Colbert Report2007-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself Guest
Today2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
50 Documentaries to See Before You Die2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Director, 'Roger and Me' / Himself - Director, 'Bowling for Columbine' / Himself - Director, 'Fahrenheit 9 / ...
Let It Begin! A Filmmaker's Journey2010Documentary shortHimself
The Rachel Maddow Show2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Newsnight2010TV SeriesHimself - Filmmaker / Activist
Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Larry King Live2008-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Moving Pictures Live!2010TV SeriesHimself
Gomorron2010TV SeriesHimself
The Hour2009-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Cinema 32010TV SeriesHimself
Hannity2009TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2004-2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Charlie Rose2002-2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Jay Leno Show2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Días de cine2009TV SeriesHimself
Capitalism: A Love Story2009DocumentaryHimself
Dean and Me: Roadshow of an American Primary2008DocumentaryHimself
Shooting Michael Moore2008DocumentaryHimself
Arms of Mass Derision: The New American Activism2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List2008TV SeriesHimself
An Evening at the Academy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
Jensen!2007TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Himself
Loose Change: Final Cut2007Video documentaryHimself
Slacker Uprising2007DocumentaryHimself
Aftenshowet2007TV SeriesHimself
Deadline2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Go' aften Danmark2007TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993-2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2007TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2000-2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Shootout2005-2007TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1998-2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
L'hebdo cinéma2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Howard Stern on Demand2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Sicko2007DocumentaryHimself
The Screening Room2007TV SeriesHimself
Manufacturing Dissent2007DocumentaryHimself
Me & Michael2006Video documentaryHimself
Al Franken: God Spoke2006DocumentaryHimself
Prescription for Disaster2006Video documentaryHimself
The Young Turks2005TV SeriesHimself (2010)
I'm Going to Tell You a Secret2005DocumentaryHimself - Clone Him
Hannity & Colmes2005TV SeriesHimself
This Divided State2005DocumentaryHimself
The Drugging of Our Children2005Video documentaryHimself
America Undercover2005TV Series documentaryHimself - Filmmaker
Martial Law 9/11: Rise of the Police State2005DocumentaryHimself
Words and Music in Honor of Fahrenheit 9/112005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards2005TV Movie documentaryHimself - Winner
The 31st Annual People's Choice Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
Pressing the Public Opinion2004Documentary shortHimself
Last Laugh '042004TV MovieHimself
The Barbara Walters Summer Special2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
VH1 Big in 042004TV Movie documentaryHimself
How's Your News?: On the Campaign Trail2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Le vrai journal2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Fahrenheit 9/11: A Movement in Time2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Question Time2002-2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Tanner on Tanner2004TV SeriesHimself
America Speaks Out2004DocumentaryHimself
WMD: Weapon of Mass Destruction2004DocumentaryHimself
Choose or Lose Presents: The Best Place to Start2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Michael & Me2004Video documentaryHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994-2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
2004 MTV Movie Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
4Pop2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Comme au cinéma2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Fahrenheit 9/112004DocumentaryHimself - Narrator
Die Johannes B. Kerner Show2003TV SeriesHimself
The Simpsons2003TV SeriesHimself
The Frank Skinner Show2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Orwell Rolls in His Grave2003DocumentaryHimself
The Corporation2003DocumentaryHimself - Filmmaker & Author
The Yes Men2003DocumentaryHimself
Stupidity2003DocumentaryHimself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Documentary Feature
The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Director (segment "Michael Moore")
Document 20022003TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
I Love the '80s2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Bowling for Columbine2002DocumentaryHimself - Narrator
Last Party 20002001DocumentaryHimself
Fever Pitch2001Documentary shortHimself
The Private Public2001Himself
English Composition: Writing for an Audience2001TV SeriesHimself - TV / Film Producer
The Awful Truth1999-2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Trade Off2000DocumentaryHimself
Space Ghost Coast to Coast1998TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pauw2016TV SeriesHimself - Filmmaker
The Drunken Peasants2016TV SeriesHimself
Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHimself
The 85th Annual Academy Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Governors Awards
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks2013DocumentaryHimself
Whistleblowers: The Untold Stories2011-2012TV SeriesHimself - Producer Fahrenheit 911 / Himself - Producer of Fahrenheit 911
Got Healthcare?2010Video documentaryHimself
Do As I Say2009DocumentaryHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2007-2008TV SeriesHimself / Himself - 'Pinhead' (segment "Pinheads & Patriots")
Bienvenue à Cannes2007DocumentaryHimself
Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
...So Goes the Nation2006DocumentaryHimself
Independent Intervention2006DocumentaryHimself
Celsius 41.11: The Temperature at Which the Brain... Begins to Die2004DocumentaryHimself
Fahrenhype 9/112004Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Michael Moore Hates America2004DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
'Pulp Fiction' on a Dime: A 10th Anniversary Retrospect2004TV Short documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2003-2004TV Series documentaryHimself - Filmmaker (segment "Michael Moore") / Himself - Director (segment "Michael Moore")
Michael Moore, el gran agitador2004TV Short documentaryHimself
The Award Show Awards Show2003TV Special documentaryHimself
Sendung ohne Namen2002-2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Chicano Television1999TV SeriesHimself (1999)
Two Mikes Don't Make a Wright1993DocumentaryHimself (segment "Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint")

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Cinema Eye Honors AwardCinema Eye Honors Awards, USThe InfluentialsBowling for Columbine (2002)
2016Lost Weekend AwardFilm Club's The Lost WeekendBest DocumentaryWhere to Invade Next (2015)
2015Audience Choice AwardChicago International Film FestivalBest Documentary FeatureWhere to Invade Next (2015)
2015Cinema Eye Honors AwardCinema Eye Honors Awards, USThe InfluentialsRoger & Me (1989)
2015Audience AwardHamptons International Film FestivalBest Documentary FeatureWhere to Invade Next (2015)
2014Cinema Eye Honors AwardCinema Eye Honors Awards, USThe InfluentialsBowling for Columbine (2002)
2009Little Golden LionVenice Film FestivalCapitalism: A Love Story (2009)
2009Open PrizeVenice Film FestivalCapitalism: A Love Story (2009)
2008PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion PicturesSicko (2007)· Meghan O'Hara
2007Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest DocumentarySicko (2007)· Meghan O'Hara
2005OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Documentary PictureFahrenheit 9/11 (2004)· Jim Czarnecki
· Kathleen Glynn
· Monica Hampton
· Bob Weinstein
· Harvey Weinstein
2004BodilBodil AwardsBest American Film (Bedste amerikanske film)Bowling for Columbine (2002)
2004Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalFahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
2004FIPRESCI PrizeCannes Film FestivalCompetitionFahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
2004Filmmaker AwardGotham Awards
2004Hollywood Movie of the YearHollywood Film AwardsFahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
2004IDA AwardInternational Documentary AssociationFeature DocumentariesFahrenheit 9/11 (2004)· Kathleen Glynn
· Jim Czarnecki
2004Kinema Junpo AwardKinema Junpo AwardsBest Foreign Language Film DirectorBowling for Columbine (2002)
2004Audience AwardSarajevo Film FestivalFahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
2004Turia AwardTuria AwardsBest Foreign FilmBowling for Columbine (2002)
2003OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Documentary, FeaturesBowling for Columbine (2002)· Michael Donovan
2003CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)Bowling for Columbine (2002)
2003Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest DocumentaryBowling for Columbine (2002)
2003Freedom of Speech AwardUS Comedy Arts Festival
2003WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Original ScreenplayBowling for Columbine (2002)
2002Audience AwardAmsterdam International Documentary Film FestivalBowling for Columbine (2002)
2002Audience AwardAtlantic Film FestivalBowling for Columbine (2002)
2002Audience AwardBergen International Film FestivalBowling for Columbine (2002)
200255th Anniversary PrizeCannes Film FestivalBowling for Columbine (2002)
2002Audience Choice AwardChicago International Film FestivalAudience Choice AwardBowling for Columbine (2002)
2002Audience Choice AwardChicago International Film FestivalAudience Choice AwardBowling for Columbine (2002)
2002Audience Choice AwardChicago International Film FestivalAudience Choice AwardBowling for Columbine (2002)
2002Audience AwardCinéfest SudburyBowling for Columbine (2002)
2002Audience AwardSan Sebastián International Film FestivalBowling for Columbine (2002)
2002Audience AwardSão Paulo International Film FestivalBest Foreign DocumentaryBowling for Columbine (2002)
2002Most Popular FilmVancouver International Film FestivalBowling for Columbine (2002)
1997Audience AwardAspen FilmfestAudience Favorite DocumentaryThe Big One (1997)
1997People's Choice AwardDenver International Film FestivalDocumentary FilmThe Big One (1997)
1995Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Informational SeriesTV Nation (1994)· Jerry Kupfer (supervising producer)
· David Wald (senior producer)
· Kathleen Glynn (producer)
· Eric Zicklin (writer)
· Steve Sherrill (writer)
· Chris Kelly (writer)
· Randy Cohen (writer)
1995Nova AwardPGA AwardsMost Promising Producer in TelevisionTV Nation (1994)
1990Peace Film Award - Honorable MentionBerlin International Film FestivalRoger & Me (1989)
1990IDA AwardInternational Documentary AssociationRoger & Me (1989)
1989LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest Documentary/Non-Fiction FilmRoger & Me (1989)
1989People's Choice AwardToronto International Film FestivalRoger & Me (1989)
1989Most Popular FilmVancouver International Film FestivalRoger & Me (1989)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Cinema Eye Audience Choice PrizeCinema Eye Honors Awards, USWhere to Invade Next (2015)
2016Audience AwardPalm Springs International Film FestivalBest Documentary FeatureWhere to Invade Next (2015)
2015Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest DocumentaryWhere to Invade Next (2015)
2010Documentary Screenplay AwardWriters Guild of America, USACapitalism: A Love Story (2009)
2009Golden LionVenice Film FestivalCapitalism: A Love Story (2009)
2008OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Documentary, FeaturesSicko (2007)· Meghan O'Hara
2008Cinema Eye Audience Choice PrizeCinema Eye Honors Awards, USSicko (2007)
2008Documentary Screenplay AwardWriters Guild of America, USASicko (2007)
2005BodilBodil AwardsBest American Film (Bedste amerikanske film)Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
2005CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
2005DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in DocumentaryFahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
2005RobertRobert FestivalBest American Film (Årets amerikanske film)Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
2004Screen International AwardEuropean Film AwardsFahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
2004Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest DocumentaryFahrenheit 9/11 (2004)· Jim Czarnecki
· Kathleen Glynn
2004RobertRobert FestivalBest American Film (Årets amerikanske film)Bowling for Columbine (2002)
2003Best Foreign Film AwardAustralian Film InstituteBowling for Columbine (2002)· Charles Bishop
· Jim Czarnecki
· Michael Donovan
· Kathleen Glynn
2002Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalBowling for Columbine (2002)
2001Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Non-Fiction Program (Reality)The Awful Truth (1999)· Kathleen Glynn (executive producer)
· Michael Donovan (executive producer)
· Dave Hamilton (co-executive producer)
· Charlie Siskel (supervising producer)
· Tia Lessin (supervising producer)
· Rob Huebel (producer)
· Marc Henry Johnson (producer)
· Nick McKinney (producer)
2001WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USADocumentary - Current EventsThe Awful Truth (1999)· Nick McKinney
2000WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USADocumentary - Current EventsThe Awful Truth (1999)· Annie Cohen
· Francis Gasparini
· Henriette Mantel
· Jay Martel
· Nick McKinney
1999Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Non-Fiction SeriesThe Awful Truth (1999)· Kathleen Glynn (executive producer)
· Ellin Baumel
· Dave Hamilton (supervising producer)
· Tia Lessin (senior producer)
· Annie Cohen (head writer)
· Francis Gasparini (writer)
· Jay Martel (writer)
· Nick McKinney (writer)
· Henriette Mantel (writer)
1998IDA AwardInternational Documentary AssociationFeature DocumentariesAnd Justice for All (1998)
1996Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Informational SeriesTV Nation (1994)· Kathleen Glynn
· Jerry Kupfer (supervising producer)
· Annie Cohen (writer)
· John Derevlany (writer)
· Francis Gasparini (writer)
· Jay Martel (writer)
· Jeff Stilson (writer)
· Louis Theroux (writer)
1992Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest Short FilmPets or Meat: The Return to Flint (1992)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009People's Choice AwardToronto International Film FestivalDocumentaryCapitalism: A Love Story (2009)
2007LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest Documentary/Non-Fiction FilmSicko (2007)
2004LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest Documentary/Non-Fiction FilmFahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
2002LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest Documentary/Non-Fiction FilmBowling for Columbine (2002)


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#Quote
1[on the lack of diversity in Hollywood and the Academy] A fish rots from the head down and the head is over there [in Hollywood] in this industry. The problem has to get fixed in the studio system, which has been a white-dominated, male-dominated industry forever. When you're working in New York, you have a day-to-day existence with African-Americans in the industry here. But I can fly to L.A. for two or three days of meetings and literally never encounter an African-American in any position of power. I can very easily leave LAX, go to a West Hollywood hotel, have a meeting in Burbank, another meeting in Century City and another in Santa Monica, go back to LAX and never encounter an African-Americans that isn't in a service position. I love L.A., don't get me wrong, but the problem has to get fixed there. [2016]
2[on the Oscar 2016 boycott] I absolutely support what they are doing, and I will be happy to join them. I thought about this all day, and I don't plan to go to the show, I don't plan to watch it and I don't plan to go to an Oscar party. (...) And I say that as a proud member of the Academy, as someone who still sits on the executive board [of the Documentary Branch], as someone who knows full well that Cheryl [AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs] and Dawn [CEO Dawn Hudson] are doing their best to fix the situation. [2016]
3[on 'Where to Invade Next'] This film shouldn't make you want to leave. It should make you want to stay and make this country work.
4I guess I care because I'm a citizen of this country and I love this country and I want to see it do better. And I think we can do a lot better than what's going on right now.
5I have never met a stupid black person. They are all pretty smart, you know.
6The first rule of documentaries is: Don't make a documentary - make a movie! You've chose this art form - the cinema, this incredible, wonderful art form - to tell your story. You didn't have to do that. If you want to make a political speech, you can join a party - you can hold a rally. If you want to give a sermon, you can go to the seminary, you can be a preacher. If you want to give a lecture, you can be a teacher. But you've not chosen any of those professions. You have chosen to be filmmakers and to use the form of Cinema. So make a movie!
7I don't want people leaving the theatre depressed after my movies. I want them angry. Depressed is a passive emotion. Anger is active. Anger will mean that maybe five percent, ten percent of that audience will get up and say' 'I gotta do something. I'm going to tell others about this' ..Or, in the case of Quentin Tarantino, who was the president of the jury at Cannes when the jury gave 'Fahrenheit 9/11' the Palme d'Or , said to me afterwards, 'I've got to tell you what your film really did for me. I've never voted in my life, in fact Ive never even registered to vote, but the first thing I'm going to do when I get back to L.A. is register to vote'.
8Laughter is a way, first of all, to alleviate the pain of what you know to be the truth. And if you're trying to be truth-tellers as filmmakers, then for God's sake, what is wrong with giving the audience a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down? It's hard enough for people to have to think about these issues and grapple with them, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with letting them laugh, because laughter is cathartic.
9I have, when I'm on Bill's [Maher] show, told him that there are far more examples historically of the death and destruction that Christians have brought to planet. From the Crusades to the Inquisition to the wiping out of Native Americans to the Holocaust.
10I really didn't realize that librarians were, you know, such a dangerous group. They are subversive. You think they are just sitting there at the desk, all quiet and everything. They're like plotting the revolution, man. I wouldn't mess with them. You know they've had their budgets cut. And libraries are just the ass end of everything, right?
11On Bowling for Columbine (2002) in 2013: I never thought I would have to, a decade later, stand here and say that that film of mine did no good. That, to me, is personally heartbreaking. Every word in it stands true to this day, which is the saddest thing.
12It's not envy, it's war, it's a class war that's been perpetrated by the rich on to everyone else. The class war is one they started. The mistake they made to deal with the racial part of this is, um, their boots have been on the necks of people of color since we began. This is a nation founded on genocide and built on the backs of slaves, so alright, we started with a racial problem.
13We have got to get more documentaries in the theaters. Distribution in this country sucks.
14On being an altar boy, carrying the incense censer: This had all my favorite activities rolled into one: fire, smoke and emitting a strange odor.
15Horatio Alger must die! We're addicted to this happy myth...that anyone can make it in America, and make it big...Listen friends, you have to face the truth: You are never going to be rich...The system is rigged in favor of the few, and your name is not among them, not now and not ever.
16The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not "insurgents" or "terrorists" or "The Enemy". They are the Revolution, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow -- and they will win.
17People want to see documentaries, but there's a disconnect between that desire and the exhibitors out there. We're not asking for charity. This could be on the 15th screen of a multiplex that would otherwise have the sixth showing of the new Harry Potter movie. Some of these films make $200 or $300 per screen.
18I am not sure what I am going to do for my next film, but I certainly believe that I have no right to tell another couple whether they can or cannot be married. That is simply not allowed in my ethical book of standards. I am a very spiritual person - I don't talk about it publicly that much, but I went to the seminary when I was in high school; I read the New Testament. And let me tell you something: There is nowhere in the four Gospels where Jesus uses the word homosexual, nor the word abortion. The right wing has appropriated this guy. It makes you think, what someone can do in your name a thousand years from now. And they have used him to attack gays and lesbians, when he never said a single word against people who are homosexual. Anyone who professes to be a Christian and does that is certainly not following the teachings of Jesus Christ.
19I think [homophobia is] a very ripe subject for someone like me to make a movie about. Simply because we are not there yet and it remains one of the last open wounds on our soul that we are not willing to fix yet... If you believe in equality, if you believe in standing up for the rights of all, especially for people most affected by bigotry and discrimination, then you have no choice but to be present and accounted for when it comes to standing up for gays and lesbians in our society.
20About Sicko (2007): I made Bowling for Columbine (2002) in the hope the school shootings would stop and that we would address the issue of how easy it is to get a gun in the United States and, tragically, those school shootings continue. I made Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) and I said that we'd been led to a war under false pretense. I said it on the Oscar stage and I was booed off. It's my profound hope that people will listen this time.
21Having been bumped from Larry King last night for Paris Hilton, I am beginning to take things personally. The priorities in this country are seriously askew.
22When I'm shooting a movie, I'm always in an invisible theater seat. I respect the fact that people have worked hard all week and want to go to the movies on the weekend and be entertained. But the struggle for me does not come between politics and entertainment, because I know that if I succeed in making an entertaining and funny or sad film, the things I want to say politically will come through very strong. If there ever is a struggle, making a good movie will always supersede the need to be noble.
23We've spent the better part of the year shooting our next movie, Sicko (2007). As we've done with our other films, we don't discuss them while we are making them. If people ask, we tell them 'Sicko' is a comedy about the 45 million people with no health care in the richest country on Earth.
24I remember going back to my hotel room that night, where they had all the pundits on post-Oscar and they were all like, 'That's the end of Michael Moore. That's the last we'll see of him.' By the end of the night, I believed it. I thought, 'No one is going to want to work with me in this town. I just ruined their big party.' We're all supposed to ignore that the war is going on and just have a party. Well, now here we three years later and it's not just me. It's a few other people saying that we weren't told the truth. - On The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003)
25On The Passion of the Christ (2004): I thought it was a powerful piece of filmmaking. I'm a practicing Catholic, and you know I think Mel and I may be from different wings of the Catholic Church. My film might have been called The Compassion of the Christ.
26Upon winning his Academy Award for Bowling for Columbine (2002): "On behalf of our producers, Kathleen Glynn and Michael Donovan from Canada, I'd like to thank the Academy for this. I have invited my fellow documentary nominees on the stage with us, and we would like to say that they're here in solidarity with me because we like non-fiction. We like non-fiction and we live in fictitious times. We live in the time where we have fictitious election results that elect a fictitious president. We live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons. Whether it's the fiction of duct tape or fiction of orange alerts, we are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you, Mr. Bush, shame on you. [Interrupted by mingled boos and cheering] And any time you got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up. Thank you very much."
27Thousands of Republicans turned to me chanting "Four more years.' I thought, 'That's strange, Republicans are usually good at math, but they're off by a few dozen months. Bush only has two months left.' So I held up two fingers to correct their miscalculation. But that just drove them into more of a frenzy.
28About his follow-up film to Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) and the re-election of President George W. Bush, where Bush won 51% of the popular vote: We want to get cameras rolling now and have it ready in two, three years. We want to document it. Fifty-one per cent of the American people lacked information (in this election), and we want to educate and enlighten them. They weren't told the truth. We're communicators and it's up to us to start doing it now. The official mourning period is over today, and there is a silver lining: George W. Bush is prohibited by law from running (for presidency) again.
29There is no terrorist threat!
30In response to bootleg copies of the movie popping up: "Is it wrong for someone who's bought a film on DVD to let a friend watch it for free? Of course it's not. It never has been and never will be. I think information, art and ideas should be shared. I don't agree with the copyright laws, and I don't have a problem with people downloading the movie and sharing it with people as long as they're not trying to make a profit off my labour. I would oppose that. I do well enough already, and I made this film because I want the world to change. The more people who see it, the better, so I'm happy this is happening."
31When asked by David Letterman why Disney didn't want to release his film Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004): They watched it.
32Americans, when they see Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), will see things they have never seen before.
33I don't compromise my values and I don't compromise my work. That's why I've been kicked from one network to the next: I won't give in.
34I like America to some extent. Take the Japanese for instance. They are complicated and tend to be reserved in expressing themselves. Sometimes, it is difficult for me to understand them. Americans are simple and clear. They are charming people. You will understand how good an individual American is. What I am not satisfied with America is that the nation cannot control the government and economy. Only a handful of people have the power to control the country.

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1Often uses classic film clips and music for juxtaposition
2Narrates all of his documentaries in the first person
3Usually wears jeans and sneakers
4Famous for his provocative populist documentaries that are unapologetic attacks on social wrongs, including those he considers callous business corporations and opportunistic right wing politicians.
5Often mentions or shows his hometown of Flint, Michigan in his films
6Usually wears a baseball cap and glasses

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