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Michael Moore says he won't submit "Fahrenheit 9/11" for consideration as best documentary at this year's Academy Awards. Instead, he's going for the bigger prize of best picture.

In the midst of the presidential campaign, Moore's announcement is a strategic move for his Oscar campaign. Documentaries and animated films have their own categories, but the conventional wisdom in Hollywood is that those niche awards can limit a film's appeal in the overall best picture class.

Moore said he and his producing partner, Harvey Weinstein, agreed "Fahrenheit 9/11" would stand a better chance if they focused solely on the top Oscar.

Actually, I think this makes sense. Put fiction where it belongs.
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Actually, THIS is what I heard. From Michael Moore's mailing list:

I have decided it is more important to take that risk and hope against hope that I can persuade someone to put it on TV, even if it's the night before the election.

Therefore, I have decided not to submit "Fahrenheit 9/11" for consideration for the Best Documentary Oscar. If there is even the remotest of chances that I can get this film seen by a few million more Americans before election day, then that is more important to me than winning another documentary Oscar.
I have decided it is more important to take that risk and hope against hope that I can persuade someone to put it on TV, even if it's the night before the election.

*laughs* Oh yeah. That'll go over real well.
well, it makes sense, i think. moore's always said that his goal is to get bush out of office. he hopes that he can influence people to vote for kerry with his movie, since polls suggest that at least undecided voters would be vehemently anti-bush after seeing it. making it easily available is just another step in that direction.
Oh, I don't disagree that it doesn't jive with Moore's shtick. I just don't see it happening, at least not anywhere that'll get him the exposure he wants. Remember the kerfuffle over the Reagans movie? No network's going to touch Moore's crapfest.

What I expect to see is a big argument over whether or not commercials for the F911 DVD fall under the auspices of McCay-Feingold.