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Academy Governors: Michael Moore, Kathryn Bigelow

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, director Kathryn Bigelow and film editor Anne V. Coates have been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' board of governors, the AMPAS announced yesterday.

All have done their bit to bring attention to the Academy and to vitalize American and international movies. But which one is most deserving of this honor?

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Before you answer, consider this:

Everyone knows Moore as the Oscar-winning director-writer-personality behind "Bowling for Columbine" and a string of provocative films that helped make documentaries hot tickets in movie theaters around the world.

Most people know Bigelow as the deserved Best Director winner for "The Hurt Locker" and a moviemaker's moviemaker for pictures like "Near Dark" and "The Weight of Water."

Probably few moviegoers recognize editor Coates' name. But her credits include "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Becket" (she won her Oscar for cutting "Lawrence," pictured above). She also edited "The Elephant Man," "Out of Sight" and "Erin Brockovich," and several lesser-known movies that rank with the best British films of all time: "The Pickwick Papers," "The Horse's Mouth," and "Tunes of Glory."

So again: Which of these three talents do you think is the pick of the bunch?

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