Michael Moore’s anti-Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 has won best film at the US People’s Choice Awards, voted for by the US public.
Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ won best drama, despite both films being snubbed so far at US film awards in the run-up to February’s Oscars.
Nominees for the People’s Choice Awards were picked by a 6,000-strong Entertainment Weekly magazine panel, and winners were subsequently chosen by 21 million online voters.
Fahrenheit 9/11 director Michael Moore dedicated his trophy to soldiers in Iraq.
His film was highly critical of President George W Bush and the US-led invasion of Iraq, and Moore was an outspoken Bush critic in the 2004 presidential campaign inwhich Democratic challenger John Kerry lost.
“This country is still all of ours, not right or left or Democrat or Republican,” Moore told the audience at the ceremony in Pasadena, California.
Moore said it was “an historic occasion” that the 31-year-old awards ceremony would name a documentary its best film.