A healthy reception for ‘Sicko’

Acad screens Michael Moore documentary

HOLLYWOOD — The last time Michael Moore was on Academy turf, he got a standing ovation. Then he got booed off the stage.

At Tuesday’s Academy theater “Sicko” premiere, he got a standing ovation. Then he got cheers, more applause and the crowd stood clapping throughout the credits roll. What a difference a couple of years make.

“It’s good to see Michael back at the Academy,” said Weinstein Co. co-topper Harvey Weinstein as he introduced the helmer before the film. “They booted him off the stage at the Oscars because of what he said about Iraq and look how right he was about that.”

At the after-party, Moore said at the 2003 Oscars he “knew it wasn’t the members of the Academy booing. It was the sponsors and it’s their job to boo me.”

On Monday, it certainly wasn’t a crowd filled with Academy members. Moore had invited so many victims of bad health care who came using crutches and canes that it looked like Lourdes.

As for this film’s Oscar prospects, Weinstein would only say it’s the Moore film “that’s the sweetest, most bipartisan, the most subtle and the best reviewed.”

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