Far left-leaning filmmaker Michael Moore has lost his re-election bid for his position as a governor on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board selecting documentary films according to The Hollywood Reporter on Monday.
In a classic case of the fox guarding the hen house, having Moore in this position was a point of concern for many filmmakers that produce projects that may offer differing political views.
Many high profile industry players are pleased with the outcome of the election.
Gerald Molen, producer of Schindler's List, says that having Moore off the documentary board will "restore a level of balance in the consideration of political documentaries." A letter he wrote to Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy, states:
"...On behalf of my fellow filmmakers and the vast American Heartland which, on occasion, has felt disenfranchised by the Academy, I want to personally thank you and the Academy for removing Mr. Moore and restoring a fair and impartial voting process to the documentary category of the Oscars.....Moore shouldn’t have been in charge of the documentary nominating process at the Academy.”
Many high level industry players have long believed that Moore's presence has tainted the nominating process. The most recent example of this was in May when the Academy was called out for the documentary 2016 not being in the running.
This film is critical of the Obama administration and became the second highest-grossing political documentary in history. Interestingly enough, the top grossing film is Moore's own Fahrenheit 9/11 which was highly critical of then president George W. Bush.
The news comes just days on the heels of the public announcement that Moore had filed for divorce from his wife of 21-years.