Monday, January 10, 2005

AP: ABC News: '9/11,' 'Passion' Tops at People's Choice (Video)

ABC News: '9/11,' 'Passion' Tops at People's Choice
Filmmakers Michael Moore and Mel Gibson were all smiles after they won top honors at the 31st Annual People's Choice Awards.

Both men had controversial films that fared well at the box office last year. Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11," which took a critical look at President Bush's actions after the 2001 terror attacks, won the favorite movie award, while Mel Gibson's explicit "The Passion of the Christ" won in the favorite drama category.

Moore dedicated Sunday's win to the U.S. troops fighting overseas and said he was "amazed" that people voted his film their favorite. "I love making movies and I'll take this as an invitation to make more 'Fahrenheit 9/11s,'" Moore said. (Watch Video)

Thank you! Thank you very much.

We live in a great country and we all love our country very much and I am so amazed that you did this — the people of America — that you voted for this film. I can't thank you enough.

I'm honored and gratified and I know that there are many people tonight — mothers and fathers across this country — with sons and daughters in Iraq. Our prayers are with them and I dedicate this award to them tonight.

I want to thank, most of all, the people out there who voted for this. I don't want you to give up. This country is still all of ours. Not just right or left, democrat or republican, it's all of our country.

I love making movies and I'll take this as an invitation to make more ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’s.

Thank you very much. Thank you very much.

Photo: Director/Producer Michael Moore accepts the award for Favorite Movie for 'Farenheit 9/11' during the 31st Annual People's Choice Awards in Pasadena, California(AFP/Getty Images/Kevin Winter)

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The nominations were determined by editors at Entertainment Weekly magazine, the People's Choice production team and a panel of pop culture fans. For the first time in the organization's history, all winners were determined by Internet voting, which topped more than 21 million votes.


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