“Fahrenheit 9/11” was the winner of Favorite Movie of the Year at the 31st Annual People’s Choice Awards Jan. 9. Annual People’s Choice Awards winners are established through voting by ordinary viewers. This year was the first for solely Internet voting, and approximately 21 million votes were cast.

Director Michael Moore cancelled his plans to attend the New York Film Critics Circle gala, where he was to receive the group’s award for Best Documentary, to appear in the audience at the People’s Choice Awards held near Los Angeles. The next night “Fahrenheit 9/11” won a Critics Choice Award for Best Documentary.

Moore dedicated his win to the troops in Iraq and said he was “amazed” that people had voted for his film. “We live in a great country and we all love our country very much and I am so amazed that you did this — the people of America — that you voted for this film,” Moore said on receiving the award.

“I’m honored and gratified and I know that there are many people tonight — mothers and fathers across this country — with sons and daughters in Iraq. Our prayers are with them and I dedicate this award to them tonight,” he said in his brief remarks.

“I want to thank, most of all, the people out there who voted for this. I don’t want you to give up. This country is still all of ours. Not just right or left, Democrat or Republican, it’s all of our country.”

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