16. Michael Moore, Best Documentary, Bowling For Columbine (2002)
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Michael Moore railing against President Bush isn't out of character. What's weird about this speech isn't Moore's words, but the audience reaction. It's striking to hear the documentarian booed for saying little more than what many in Hollywood fervently believe.
The political history of the Academy Awards is polarized: some have viewed the award as a platform while others have clung strongly to the separation of entertainment and politics. We're left to wonder if the documentary award is valued by the Academy only as long as viewers aren't asked to dwell on what the winning documentaries are actually about.