Moore didn't think he was going to win the Oscar at the Sunday (23MAR03) ceremony - and thought he might remain silent if he did.
Before the awards he said, "I may say nothing - just ask for a moment of silence and stand there for those 45 seconds."
But he's delighted he changed his mind. Despite a generally unimpressed reception from the audience, he labels the response to his out-burst "wonderful".
He added, "The people that seemed to disagree with it all seemed to be in one section - up in the balcony."