A statement from IDA president Diane Estelle Vicari says, "Michael Moore still has many more extraordinary films ahead of him. Our members are thankful for his fearless commitment to tell compelling stories. He is a role model for young documentary filmmakers everywhere in the world."
Personally, I disagree with that last part. I don't think would-be filmmakers should emulate him. Even though I agree with almost all the points he makes in his films, I'm often embarrassed by his antics and shenanigans. His most recent, Sicko, was his sloppiest yet, and Moore shot himself in the foot by behaving like a buffoon.
Dec. 7 is also the night of the IDA's general awards, the nominees for which were previously announced. Moore's already a contender there, as Sicko is up for best feature-length documentary. He's no stranger to the IDA awards, having previously won for Roger & Me and Fahrenheit 9/11.
The IDA was founded in 1982. Previous Career Achievement honorees include William Greaves, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, Jean Rouch, and David Attenborough.