At Monday night’s New York Film Critics Circle awards gathering, Michael Moore managed to provoke a loud “fuck you” from the Crimson Club aud. It happened when he presented the best first feature award to David France for his ACT-Up doc “How to Survive a Plague” and remarked that he approved of ACT-Up’s disruption of the cardinal’s Mass at St. Patrick’s.
“I’ve upset the Catholics,” Moore said, noting that he was “a former seminarian”; to prove it, the filmmaker then chanted a Catholic blessing in Latin.
France said, “Thank you for holding me up as your human shield against the Catholics.”
Presenter Chris Rock got intentional laughs with a nod to Steven Spielberg, noting, “Amazing. Free the slaves. Can’t wait for ‘Lincoln 2.'”
And best director honoree Kathryn Bigelow said of “Zero Dark Thirty” and the charge that it condones torture, “I’m standing in a room where people realize depiction is not endorsement.”