An appeal by Where To Invade Next director Michael Moore to overturn the MPAA’s R-rating for the filmmaker’s latest documentary was upheld today by the CARA Appeals Board, which decides such matters. Moore’s docu platforms in theaters December 23 from the new distribution outfit created by former Radius-TWC toppers Tom Quinn and Jason Janego and Drafthouse Films’ Tim League. It moves nationwide in January.

The film, which this week made the cut for the Documentary Feature Oscar shortlist, remains rated R for language, some violent images, drug use and brief graphic nudity. CARA chairman Joan Graves repped the ratings board.

Moore ripped the MPAA when the R rating was given.

“It’s amazing how 25 years have passed — we invented the Internet, gay marriage is legal and we elected an African-American President of the United States, but the MPAA is still intent on censoring footage that is available from any evening network news show,” he said. “This film has been widely praised by critics for its warmth and humor and optimism. What is the real reason I keep getting all these R ratings. I wish the MPAA would just be honest and stick a label on my movies saying: ‘This movie contains dangerous ideas that the 99% may find upsetting and lead them to revolt. Teens will be the most agitated when they learn they will soon be $80,000 in debt just by going to school.’ ”