Julianne Moore (Far From Heaven): David Lee
Brian Hiatt
March 21, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Independent Spirit Awards lived up to their name Saturday afternoon, as stars from Julianne Moore to Michael Moore condemned the war in Iraq at the pre-Oscar ceremony. Meanwhile, the ’50s-style melodrama ”Far From Heaven” dominated the awards, grabbing five prizes. The film’s Julianne Moore took the Best Actress prize, proclaiming from the stage, ”We teach our children not to fight. Fighting is not the answer.” Backstage, Moore said she would ”play it by ear” when deciding whether to repeat her remarks should she also win at the Oscars, according to Reuters.

The show itself began with Elvis Costello playing an acoustic version of Nick Lowe’s ”(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding.” And Michael Moore, whose ”Bowling for Columbine” won Best Documentary, called President Bush a ”fictitious president” and accused him of committing ”terrorism.” Moore, who wore a badge that said ”Shoot movies, not Iraqis,” told reporters backstage that he had spoken to several Oscar nominees who had said they planned to speak out about the war if they win, Reuters reported.

Most stars wore a peace-sign pin provided by the anti-war group Artist United to Win Without War. One of the few who did not, best supporting actor winner Dennis Quaid, said he didn’t want to politicize the awards, according to Reuters. The peace pins are expected to turn up again at the Oscars.

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