Academy Hails Moore's Bush-Whacking Movie

06/10/2004 at 08:00 AM EDT

Academy Hails Moore's Bush-Whacking Movie
Ian West/PA News/ABACA
In what appears to be a repeat of the rousing reception accorded Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 at the Cannes Film Festival – where it won the coveted Palme d'Or – the movie was screened for an audience of Hollywood A-listers Tuesday night at the Beverly Hills headquarters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In fact, the turnout was so large that two screenings had to be held in order to accommodate the crowds, USA Today reports.

Among those in the two screenings (the later preview allowed Lakers fans to see the movie after the game): Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, Drew Barrymore, Diane Lane, Meg Ryan, Jack Black, Matthew Perry, Billy Crystal, Aaron Sorkin, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Mark Wahlberg, the Osbournes, David Duchovny and Viggo Mortensen.

Both screenings of the film, which is highly critical of President Bush and his war on terrorism, ended in standing ovations. Fahrenheit 9/11 opens nationally June 25.

According to USA Today, Leonardo DiCaprio laughed at a scene in the documentary that showed Britney Spears pledging her trust in Bush, while unflattering sound bites from the president drew gasps from Sharon Stone and Marisa Tomei.

A fairly respectful Moore, meanwhile, had this to say to Entertainment Tonight about late President Ronald Reagan: "I feel bad for his family. I think our hearts go out to all of them. Certainly our condolences."

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