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Emmy Predictions 2020: Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special

Emmy Predictions 2020: Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special
Throughout Emmy season, IndieWire will be evaluating the top contenders for TV’s most prestigious prize, and it all starts here. At the bottom of this page are IndieWire TV Critic and Deputy Editor Ben Travers’ predictions for Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special. This article will be updated throughout the coming months, along with all our predictions, to reflect an up-to-the-minute state of the race. Make sure to keep checking IndieWire for the latest coverage on the 2020 Emmys, including breaking news, analysis, interviews, podcasts, FYC event coverage, reviews of all the awards contenders, and more. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be given out the week of September 14. The 72nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place virtually on Sunday, September 20. (See our awards calendar for a more detailed breakdown of important dates.) ABC is broadcasting the ceremony.

Last Year’s Winner: “Leaving Neverland

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: In the last 10 years,
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Michael Jackson Once Campaigned to Play Professor Xavier in Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men’

Michael Jackson Once Campaigned to Play Professor Xavier in Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men’
While the role of telepathic sage mutant Professor Xavier in director Bryan Singer’s 2000 feature film “X-Men” ultimately went to Patrick Stewart, he wasn’t the first person to audition for the Marvel tentpole. According to a new Hollywood Reporter exposé detailing Singer’s alleged and already notorious on- and off-set behavior, Michael Jackson at one point threw his hat in the ring to play Xavier when the hit film was still in pre-production.

According to the report, Jackson showed up at the old Fox offices in West LA in 1999, donning sunglasses and refusing to shake hands, to meet with Singer and discuss the role. “I said to him, ‘Do you know Xavier is an older white guy?'” “X-Men” producer Lauren Shuler Donner told THR. “And Michael said, ‘Oh yeah. You know, I can wear makeup.'”

Per the story, Jackson gave an elaborate presentation to executives, accompanied by his 1996 short film “Ghosts,
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Michael Jackson Wanted to Play Professor X in Whiteface for Original X-Men Movie

Michael Jackson Wanted to Play Professor X in Whiteface for Original X-Men Movie
X-Men is, in many ways, one of the most influential movies of the 2000s. It helped kick off the current era of superhero movies that are still dominating Hollywood. And, as it turns out, it could have been a whole lot different had things gone another way. Michael Jackson, the pop star behind Thriller, had campaigned quite seriously to play the role of Charles Xavier, aka Professor X. And he wanted to do it wearing whiteface.

A new report did a deep dive into the chaotic nature behind the scenes of the franchise, specifically relating to director Bryan Singer. Early on in the piece, it's revealed that Michael Jackson met with Singer and a group of producers working on X-Men in 1999 with the aim of convincing them that he should play Professor X. It's said that Jackson was wearing sunglasses and refused to shake hands with anyone. But that's just
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Presenting All of the Winners From the 2020 BAFTA Television Awards!

Presenting All of the Winners From the 2020 BAFTA Television Awards!
That's a wrap on the Virgin Media 2020 British Academy Television Awards! For the occasion, actors gathered around their computers for a virtual award ceremony, hosted by the brilliant Richard Ayoade. Chernobyl bagged three awards: best actor for Jared Harris, best miniseries, and best costume design thanks to Odile Dicks-Mireaux. Stath Lets Flats also took home three awards: Jamie Demetriou for male performance in comedy program, scripted comedy, and comedy writer. The smash hit Gavin and Stacey Nessa Proposes to Smithy special won Virgin Media's must-see moment (voted for by the public) - here's hoping they don't leave us on that cliffhanger for too much longer.

Check out the full list of 2020 British Academy Television Award winners, ahead.

Leading Actress

Winner: Glenda Jackson, Elizabeth Is Missing

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve - BBC One

Glenda Jackson, Elizabeth Is Missing - BBC One

Suranne Jones, Gentleman Jack - BBC One

Samantha Morton, I
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‘Chernobyl’ Wins Big at BAFTA TV Awards

‘Chernobyl’ Wins Big at BAFTA TV Awards
Forever underlining the strangeness of the Primetime Emmy Awards calendar, the BAFTA TV Awards were held Friday, celebrating several previous Emmy winners and nominees, including HBO’s “Chernobyl,” Netflix’s “When They See Us,” in addition to Sian Clifford of Amazon Prime Video’s “Fleabag.”

Speaking of “Fleabag,” the BAFTA awards body appeared to officially end its lukewarm love affair with Phoebe Waller-Bridge before it truly began. The “Fleabag” creator and star was nominated for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme as well as Scripted Comedy and lost in both categories, in addition to losing out in the Best Writer — Comedy category at the BAFTA TV Craft awards announced earlier this month. The losses bring Waller-Bridge’s overall BAFTA TV record to 1-8, with her only win coming in Best Female Performance in a Comedy for the first season of “Fleabag.”

Chernobyl,” which took home 10 Emmy Awards last September, nabbed
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BAFTA TV Awards: Channel 4 Has Huge Night After Wins For ‘Stath Lets Flats’ & ‘The End Of The F***ing World’

BAFTA TV Awards: Channel 4 Has Huge Night After Wins For ‘Stath Lets Flats’ & ‘The End Of The F***ing World’
Channel 4 enjoyed a huge night at the BAFTA TV Awards on Friday, with the British broadcaster scooping six gongs and springing shocks in big-ticket categories.

By comparison, Channel 4 won only two prizes at last year’s ceremony, while it didn’t clinch a single award for an original show in 2018. This year, there were two awards each for Stath Lets Flats and The End Of The F***ing World.

The former, which will premiere on HBO Max in the U.S., beat Fleabag to best comedy. Stath Lets Flats creator and star Jamie Demetriou (who was a regular in Fleabag) also won best male performance in a comedy.

The End Of The F***ing World won best drama series, beating The Crown, and Naomi Ackie was named best supporting actress for her role as Bonnie in the Netflix co-production.

Channel 4’s other wins included The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan for
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‘Chernobyl,’ ‘End Of The F—king World’ & ‘Stath Lets Flats’ Win at BAFTA TV Awards

‘Chernobyl,’ ‘End Of The F—king World’ & ‘Stath Lets Flats’ Win at BAFTA TV Awards
HBO and Sky Atlantic’s “Chernobyl,” Channel 4’s “Stath Lets Flats” and Channel 4 and Netflix’s “The End of the F—king World” emerged with two BAFTAs apiece at this year’s awards.

Chernobyl” won for mini-series and leading actor for Jared Harris, adding two prizes to its existing haul of seven gongs at the BAFTA TV Craft Awards earlier this month.

Meanwhile, BAFTA’s Leading Actress award was won by Glenda Jackson for her performance in BBC’s “Elizabeth is Missing,” her first television role for more than 25 years and the second BAFTA of her career. Her first BAFTA was for “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” in 1972.

Meanwhile, Channel 4 and Netflix’s “End of the F***ing World” also received prizes for drama series and best supporting actress for first-time nominee Naomi Ackie.

Will Sharpe, another first-time winner, won for his performance in BBC and Netflix’s “Giri/Haji” in the supporting actor category,
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BAFTA TV Awards Winners: ‘Chernobyl’ & ‘The Crown’ Among Those Battling It Out For Prizes

BAFTA TV Awards Winners: ‘Chernobyl’ & ‘The Crown’ Among Those Battling It Out For Prizes
BAFTA is today staging the industry’s biggest TV awards since the coronavirus pandemic swept the globe, with Submarine director Richard Ayoade hosting a 90-minute virtual ceremony from a studio, as winners stay at home.

The event, which is being broadcast on BBC One from 7Pm local time (11Am Pt), will feature guests including Normal People stars Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal handing out prizes, while red carpet arrivals were replaced by a pre-show on BAFTA’s social channels.

Sky/HBO drama Chernobyl is on course to dominate the night after scooping a record-equalling haul of 14 nominations, and winning seven prizes at the BAFTA TV Craft Awards earlier this month. Other big 2019 hits will feature, including Fleabag and The Crown, after the delay to the awards, which were originally meant to be staged on May 17.

Elsewhere, there are eight Bame nominees in the performance categories, which is an increase of
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BAFTA TV Craft Awards: ‘Chernobyl’ The Big Winner After Scooping Seven Prizes

BAFTA TV Craft Awards: ‘Chernobyl’ The Big Winner After Scooping Seven Prizes
Updated With Winners: Chernobyl was the big winner at the BAFTA TV Craft Awards on Friday after the Sky and HBO drama scooped seven awards.

The Sister-produced nuclear disaster series beat competition from the likes of The Crown, Killing Eve and The Virtues at the pre-recorded ceremony, triumphing in categories including Director: Fiction for Johan Renck. Other wins included best Production Design and Editing: Fiction.

Elsewhere, other winners included Jesse Armstrong, who took home best Writer: Drama for Succession, while Jamie Demetriou scooped best Writer: Comedy for Stath Lets Flats. This Was Up creator Aisling Bea won the Breakthrough Talent gong. BBC and HBO drama His Dark Materials won in two categories: Special, Visual and Graphic Effects, and Titles and Graphic Identity.

The BAFTA TV Craft Awards was one of the industry’s first major awards ceremonies of the pandemic era. The event, which celebrated the best of British TV’s behind-the-scenes talent,
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‘Athlete A’ Film Review: Documentary About Us Gymnastics Sex Abuse Scandal Is Heartbreaking and Infuriating

‘Athlete A’ Film Review: Documentary About Us Gymnastics Sex Abuse Scandal Is Heartbreaking and Infuriating
If you look hard enough, you can find reason to think of “Athlete A” as an uplifting movie about a young woman who overcame hardship and found success on her own terms – because that’s what Maggie Nichols, the gymnast who left the U.S. Gymnastics team to become a celebrated college champion, did.

But you’ll be hard-pressed to leave “Athlete A” thinking about Nichols’ triumph, because it comes almost as an afterthought to the documentary’s devastating indictment of the culture of mental and physical abuse that flourished for years at U.S. Gymnastics. The climate was fostered by a win-at-all-costs mentality imported from Romania, and included a determination to not just ignore but cover up widespread sexual abuse of the athletes, even if that meant that more young girls would be abused.

The documentary by Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen, whose other films include “An Inconvenient Sequel,
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‘Athlete A’ on Netflix: Film Review

‘Athlete A’ on Netflix: Film Review
In the last two years, a series of scalding and essential documentaries — “Leaving Neverland,” “Surviving R. Kelly,” “Untouchable,” “On the Record,” “Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich” — have shined a light on the contours of sexual abuse and the supreme, if not obscene, concentration of power that too often allows it to be concealed and perpetuated. In most of these high-profile cases, the power emanates from one figure who is either a celebrity or a backstage manipulator of celebrity: Harvey Weinstein, Michael Jackson, Russell Simmons, Jeffrey Epstein, R. Kelly. The power wielded by these men has been total and destructive: the ability to threaten and terrorize, to twist and ruin careers, to suppress and squash the rule of law.

“Athlete A,” Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s disturbing and illuminating documentary about the sexual-abuse scandal that struck the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team in 2016, is centered around an individual who was,
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BAFTA TV Awards Talking Points: The Snubs, Records & Diversity Gains

BAFTA TV Awards Talking Points: The Snubs, Records & Diversity Gains
The BAFTA TV Awards and TV Craft Awards emerged from their coronavirus slumber today, as nominations were unveiled for the delayed events, which will take place virtually on July 31 and July 17 respectively.

As usual with award nominations, the list of those recognized provoked a number of talking points, as well the traditional celebrations from those named on the shortlist. Let’s walk through some of the biggest themes.

The snubs

There were a couple of notable absentees from the nominations list, not least James Corden and Ruth Jones’ BBC Christmas Day comedy Gavin & Stacey. It was the highest-rated show on British TV in a decade, but there was no place for it in the best comedy category, although it did feature among the must-see moment contenders, which is voted on by the public.

The other show that raised eyebrows with its absence was Line Of Duty. From World Productions,
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BAFTA TV Nominations: ‘Chernobyl’ Leads The Way After Being Recognized In 14 Categories

BAFTA TV Nominations: ‘Chernobyl’ Leads The Way After Being Recognized In 14 Categories
Chernobyl is leading the pack for this year’s BAFTA TV Awards and BAFTA TV Craft Awards after the Sky and HBO drama scored 14 nominations, including best drama mini-series.

The nuclear disaster drama’s 14 nods mean it is the most-nominated show in BAFTA history alongside Killing Eve last year, which was also recognized in 14 categories. As well as best mini-series, there are individual nominations for Jared Harris as lead actor and Stellan Skarsgård as best supporting actor.

It secured more than double the nominations than the next best-performing show: Netflix drama The Crown. The Left Bank program’s seven nominations include best drama series. Meanwhile, Fleabag and Giri/Haji have six nominations apiece, while there are five nods for His Dark Materials and The Virtues and four for Killing Eve, Sex Education and Top Boy. Sister Pictures scooped 20 nominations in total for Chernobyl and Giri/Haji.

The nominations and awards
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‘Chernobyl,’ ‘The Crown’ Lead BAFTA Nominations for 2020 Television Awards

‘Chernobyl,’ ‘The Crown’ Lead BAFTA Nominations for 2020 Television Awards
HBO and Sky’s nuclear drama “Chernobyl” has emerged as the frontrunner at this year’s Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards and British Academy Television Craft Awards with 14 nominations.

Chernobyl’s” impressive haul matches “Killing Eve’s” record 14 BAFTA nods last year, making it the most nominated show in the history of the awards.

Chernobyl’s” nominations span multiple categories in the TV and craft awards: costume design, director fiction, editing fiction, make-up and hair design, original music, photography and lighting fiction, production design, scripted casting, sound fiction, special, visual and graphic effects, writer (drama), leading actor (for Jared Harris), mini-series and supporting actor (for Stellan Skarsgard).

Meanwhile, Netflix hit “The Crown” follows with seven BAFTA nods, while Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s BBC and Amazon-backed comedy “Fleabag” and BBC and Netflix thriller “Giri/Haji” have six each.

BBC and HBO’s Philip Pullman adaptation “His Dark Materials” and Channel 4
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‘Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich’ Review: Middling Netflix Docuseries Is a Waste of Time

‘Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich’ Review: Middling Netflix Docuseries Is a Waste of Time
One unforeseen outcome of the post-#MeToo era is the arrival of a somewhat unfortunate new genre — documentaries about sexual abuse. With four hours of emotionally raw and sensitively edited interviews, Dan Reed’s “Leaving Neverland” is the undisputed knockout of the genre. The film dropped a bomb onto the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, and anyone who witnessed it will never listen to Michael Jackson the same way again. Unfortunately, “Leaving Neverland” raised the bar so high for such a delicate and complex subject matter that any further entries in the genre are bound to fall flat.

The only one to come close, not only for the breadth of information but for expertly maneuvering the particular complexities of sexual abuse in the black community, was the Lifetime series “Surviving R. Kelly.” Unfortunately for Netflix, “Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich” doesn’t even come close either.

While the late billionaire sex offender
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‘On the Record’ Review: Doc Gives Russell Simmons’ Accusers the Spotlight

‘On the Record’ Review: Doc Gives Russell Simmons’ Accusers the Spotlight
This piece originally ran as part of 2020 Sundance Film Festival coverage.

Even if you didn’t know Drew Dixon’s name, you definitely knew the fruits of her labor. The daughter of Washington, D.C., mayor Sharon Pratt and a Stanford alumna, she was an unabashed music fan. Dixon especially loved hip-hop, which is why, when she managed to secure an A&r job at Def Jam Records in the early Nineties, she felt like she’d won the lottery. Her instincts for spotting new artists were peerless; she was
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‘Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich’ Trailer: Netflix Unmasks the Monster with Ties to Trump

‘Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich’ Trailer: Netflix Unmasks the Monster with Ties to Trump
Long the purview of only those who spend their time browsing the conspiracy theory corners of the internet, the late mogul and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein became a household name in 2019, when he was finally arrested on charges of child sex trafficking after eluding rumors and justice for decades. Two months later, and perhaps not surprising to any of those aforementioned conspiracy theorists, he was found dead in his jail cell of apparent suicide. With Epstein’s long-documented ties to powerful men like President Donald J. Trump, Alan Dershowitz, and even Bill Clinton, suspicions surrounding the circumstances of his death have become so commonplace that they barely count as conspiracy theories anymore.

“Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich” may not delve into such murky waters, but the forthcoming Netflix docuseries will dig into Epstein’s heinous past with a fine-toothed comb, and is sure to unearth some even more uncomfortable truths.
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Quiver Entertainment Swoops For Kew Media Distribution Library

Quiver Entertainment Swoops For Kew Media Distribution Library
Exclusive: Quiver Entertainment, an offshoot of eOne executive Berry Meyerowitz and onetime Lionsgate Films president Jeff Sackman’s Quiver Distribution, has acquired the rights to Kew Media Distribution’s library of 1,000 titles.

Kew Media Distribution went bust in February and administrator Fti Consulting has overseen the sale of its catalog, within which it included the international rights to shows including hit BBC drama Line Of Duty and the HBO/Channel 4 Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland.

Nearly 40 companies expressed an interest in acquiring the library, which Fti then whittled down to nine potential buyers. It entered into exclusive talks with Quiver Entertainment after March 27. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

The sale has been far from straightforward. Prior to Kew Media Distribution going bust, a number of producers took action to terminate their contracts with the company after it failed to pay them royalties they were owed.
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‘Rewind’ Film Review: Family Tale of Sexual Abuse Is Wrenching and Essential

‘Rewind’ Film Review: Family Tale of Sexual Abuse Is Wrenching and Essential
Early in the documentary “Rewind,” we learn that director Sasha Joseph Neulinger’s father, Henry Nevison, has an extensive collection of other people’s home movies – shelves stacked with film canisters that show strangers mugging for the camera, acting silly and doing their best to look very happy.

And then the film turns to Neulinger’s own home movies, and shows us the lies and the horror that can lie beneath those forced smiles and that awkward jollity.

The secrets that emerge, not so much in those home movies as in the recollections of the people in them, are the dark history of a family wracked, and wrecked, by generations of sexual abuse. Make no mistake, “Rewind” is hard to watch. It might also be essential.

Also Read: All the Hollywood Films Arriving on Demand Early Because of the Coronavirus

The film, which premiered at Tribeca last year and is screening on demand on Friday,
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Peabody Awards: ‘Stranger Things’, ‘Succession’, ‘Fleabag’ Among Nominees; PBS Tops Networks

Peabody Awards: ‘Stranger Things’, ‘Succession’, ‘Fleabag’ Among Nominees; PBS Tops Networks
The Peabody Awards on Wednesday unveiled nominations repping the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and digital media during 2019. PBS tops the nominees list with 11 noms including several the Documentaries category via its Pov series.

Other nominees include HBO’s Emmy winners Succession and Chernobyl, Netflix’s Stranger Things and When They See Us, Amazon’s Fleabag, Hulu’s Ramy, Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly and Apple’s Dickinson. Also in the mix is Ronan Farrow’s podcast based on his book Catch and Kill.

The news comes after the Peabodys in March were forced to cancel its in-person awards ceremony, which had been scheduled for June 18 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. It put a halt to plans to hold the ceremony in Southern California for the first time.

The group, based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia,
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