The HBO doc about Michael Jackson took home one of the top awards after receiving five total noms.
HBO’s Leaving Neverland won best documentary or nonfiction special at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday night (Sept. 14).
The four-hour film — which featured testimony from Wade Robson and James Safechuck, two men who claim to have suffered childhood sexual abuse at the hands of the late Michael Jackson — earned a total of five noms heading into Saturday’s ceremony. The project, directed by Dan Reed, was nominated in the following categories: outstanding directing for a documentary/nonfiction program; outstanding documentary or nonfiction special; outstanding picture editing for a nonfiction program; outstanding sound editing for a nonfiction program; and outstanding sound mixing for a nonfiction program.
After Leaving Neverland‘s debut in January at the Sundance Film Festival, Jackson’s estate called the film “a tabloid character assassination” and insisted it “isn’t a documentary,” while his family called Reed and the pic’s two accusers “opportunists.”
Reed shared his reaction to Leaving Neverland‘s multiple Emmy nods in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “Since Leaving Neverland aired in March, it has launched many important conversations about child sexual abuse and the grooming that accompanies it. This was why James Safechuck and Wade Robson and their families spoke out, and why we made the documentary,” said Reed. “We’re delighted that the Academy has honored that purpose — and our dedicated creative team — with five nominations.”
The Creative Arts Emmys are being handed out over two nights, Saturday and Sunday. The Primetime Emmy Awards will be handed out Sunday, Sept. 22.
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.