Michael Moore finally got the chance to finish his 2003 Oscars acceptance speech for “Bowling for Columbine” Saturday night as he was handed the Lifetime Achievement honour at the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards.
Robert De Niro, 75, appeared onstage to give Moore, 64, the award, with him calling the moviemaker “a true, true American hero.”
De Niro added that Moore was also “one of the greatest truth-tellers in this country right now.”
As he took the stage in Brooklyn, the director, who was previously booed after making his Oscars speech about the Iraq War, then shared: “15 years later now tonight, we are not only still at war but we have a president who has declared war on our democracy and war on us.
“Keep picking up those cameras, everyone here in this room, because the people gathered here tonight, you may be America’s last line of defence and hopefully the first line of rebuilding this country that he is currently destroying,” he added, according to Deadline.
“I encourage anyone watching at home tonight in the Gary, Indianas of America, in the Camden, New Jerseys, in the San Ysidros, in the East St. Louises and, yes, the Flints and Detroits and the Pontiacs and the Dearborns to pick up a camera and fight the power, make your voice heard, and stop this senseless war.”
Moore’s speech was famously cut short 15 years ago after he used his moment to criticize then-president George W. Bush.
The filmmaker said at the time: “We live in a time with fictitious election results that elect fictitious presidents. We live in a time when we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons.”