Oscars producer GIL CATES drowned out Best Documentary award winner MICHAEL MOORE with music on Sunday night (23MAR03) to prevent a clash at the KODAK THEATRE.

Cates feared those booing and those applauding the outspoken BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE director would provoke ugly scenes, so he chose to cut off his controversial anti-war speech early.

But Cates was happy to kill the music and let Best Actor winner Brody have a few extra moments to pay tribute to a pal fighting in Iraq.

Cates says, "I thought it was inappropriate for Michael Moore to start calling names but I was happy to let Adrien Brody have his moment. It was a great speech."