The director of An Inconvenient Truth is being asked to return his Oscar in the wake of the British High Court Ruling, Thursday.
Former New Zealand MP Dr Muriel Newman, director of web-based think-tank the New Zealand Centre for Political Research emailed Academy president Sid Ganis and executive director Bruce Davis with the request on Friday morning.
A British judge ruled an Inconvenient Truth, whose director Davis Guggenheim won an Academy Award for best documentary feature, contained scientific errors.
The judge said the film could be shown in British schools, although it must have guidance notes to prevent political indoctrination.
The controversial documentary starred former US vice president Al Gore talking about the perils of global warming.
“The truth, as inconvenient as it is to Al Gore, is that his so-called documentary contained critical distortions that are quite contrary to the principles of good documentary journalism.
“Good documentaries should be factually correct. Clearly this documentary is not,” a statement from Newman said.
“This situation is not unlike that confronting sports bodies when their sports stars are found to be drug cheats. In such cases, the sportsmen and women are stripped of their medals and titles, with the next placegetter elevated.
“While this is an extremely unpleasant duty, it is necessary if the integrity of competitive sport is to be protected,” she said.
…Not that this will necessarily go anywhere. There was a similar effort in 2003 to revoke Michael Moore’s Oscar for Bowling For Columbine because it was said to be a work of fiction.
“The Academy can reward propaganda, if it pleases. It can reward anti-Americanism, if it pleases. But its own rules establish that it cannot reward fiction as ‘best documentary.’ We call upon the Academy to enforce its own rule.”
The same argument can be made for An Inconvenient Truth.
Hat tip: Newsbusters
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