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‘Going Clear’ wins Outstanding Documentary Emmy, also for writing, directing

EmmyThe “Creative Arts Emmys” are being held today at Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, and we’re looking forward to finding out how many trophies Alex Gibney’s Scientology documentary Going Clear takes home.

It has some stiff competition — some of it from its own network, HBO — and the event won’t be televised for another week. But we’re hoping our correspondents on the scene will let us know what’s happening.

Your proprietor will be away from the Bunker for much of the day, so our readers may actually learn the results through Twitter or some other method. But however we learn it, we’re really excited and we hope you are too.

So let’s go through the categories that Going Clear is nominated in, and we’ll fill in the winners when we can…

It’s a win! ‘Going Clear’ wins best documentary, best writing, and best direction…


Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special
WINNERGoing Clear (HBO) Alex Gibney, Lawrence Wright, etc, producers
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (HBO) Frances Bean Cobain, etc
Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All (HBO) Alex Gibney, etc
The Case Against 8 (HBO) Sheila Nevins, etc
Virunga (Netflix) Leonardo DiCaprio, etc

Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming
Citizenfour (HBO) Laura Poitras
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways “Washington, D.C.” (HBO) Dave Grohl
WINNERGoing Clear (HBO) Alex Gibney
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (HBO) Brett Morgen
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst “Chapter 2: Poor Little Rich Boy” (HBO) Andrew Jarecki

Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown “Iran” (CNN) Anthony Bourdain

WINNERGoing Clear (HBO) Alex Gibney
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (HBO) Brett Morgen
Last Days in Vietnam (American Experience, PBS) Mark Bailey, Keven McAlester
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History “Episode 5: The Rising Road (1933-1939)” (PBS) Geoffrey C. Ward

Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming
Citizenfour (HBO) Laura Poitras, Cinematography
Going Clear (HBO) Sam Painter, Director of Photography
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (HBO) James Whitaker, D of P
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst “Chapter 2: Poor Little Rich Boy” (HBO) Marc Smerling, D of P
WINNERVirunga (Netflix) Franklin Dow, Cinematographer

Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming
Citizenfour (HBO) Mathilde Bonnefoy
Going Clear (HBO) Andy Grieve
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (HBO) Joe Beshenkovsky, Brett Morgen
The Case Against 8 (HBO) Kate Amend
WINNERThe Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst “Chapter 1: A Body in the Bay” (HBO) Richard Hankin, etc

Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown “Madagascar” (CNN) Benny Mouthon
WINNERFoo Fighters: Sonic Highways “Seattle” (HBO) Justin Lebens
Going Clear (HBO) Bill Chesley, Dave Ellinwood, Dan Timmons
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (HBO) Cameron Frankley, etc
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst “Chapter 2: Poor Little Rich Boy” (HBO) Duncan Clark, etc

Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown “Jamaica” (CNN) Brian Bracken
Deadliest Catch “Lost at Sea” (Discovery) Bob Bronow
WINNERFoo Fighters: Sonic Highways “Seattle” (HBO) Fred Stuben, etc
Going Clear (HBO) David Mitlyng, Tony Volante
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (HBO) Steve Pederson
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst “Chapter 2: Poor Little Rich Boy” (HBO) Tim Hays, etc.



Bonus photos from our tipsters

Continuing to bolster our theory that Scientology leader David Miscavige has called on celebrities to get more involved, Kelly Preston will be in Mexico City later this month just a few weeks after Nancy Cartwright was there for a fundraiser. Miscavige is really pushing to get that new Ideal Org paid for!


Tom DeVocht and Spanky Taylor tell us they have great seats!


Spanky and Larry!


Alex and Anne Gibney and Tom DeVocht!


Victory is sweet!




We didn’t get a chance to include photos in our book, so we’ve posted them at a dedicated page. Reader Sookie put together a complete index and we’re hosting it here on the website. Copies of the paperback version of ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ are on sale at Amazon. The Kindle edition is also available, and shipping instantly.

Tony Ortega’s upcoming appearances (and check out the interactive map to our ongoing tour)…

Sept 15: Phoenix, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave in downtown Phoenix, Cronkite Theater on 2nd floor, 5:30 pm, sponsored by ASU’s Barrett Honors College

Sept 23: Cleveland, Parma Heights Library, 7pm sponsored by Center for Inquiry – Northeast Ohio

Sept 24: Minneapolis, Grumpy’s Bar & Grill, 2801 Snelling Ave, Roseville, 7 pm, sponsored by Minnesota Atheists

Sept 27: Portland, Friendly House, 1737 NW 26th Ave, 12:45 pm, sponsored by Humanists of Portland

Sept 28: Seattle, Razzi’s Pizzeria, 7 pm, with Seattle Skeptics and Seattle Atheists

Sept 29: Vancouver, BC, Seven Dining Lounge, 7 pm

Oct 23: Sydney, Giant Dwarf Theatre (with Sen. Nick Xenophon)

Oct 25: Melbourne, venue secured (announcement coming later)

Oct 28: Adelaide (with Sen. Nick Xenophon)

Oct 30: Perth

Past dates: Santa Barbara (5/16), Hollywood (5/17), Orange County (5/17), San Diego (5/20), San Francisco (5/22), New York (6/11), Chicago (6/20), Toronto (6/22), Clearwater (6/28), Washington DC (7/12), Hartford (7/14), Denver (7/17), Dallas (7/20), Houston (7/22), San Antonio (7/24), Austin (7/25), Paris (7/29), London (8/4), Boston (8/24)


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 12, 2015 at 07:00

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Our Guide to Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear,’ and our pages about its principal figures…
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