‘Mea Maxima Culpa’ and ‘Deadliest Catch’ Are Big Nonfiction Winners at 2013 Creative Arts Emmys

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Just as Alex Gibney is seeing his Wikileaks doc hit DVD this month and his Lance Armstrong doc debut at the Venice Film Festival, another one of his films has just picked up three Emmys. Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God was one of the biggest winners at last night’s 2013 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, being honored for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking, Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming (to Gibney) and Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming (to Sloane Klevin). Meanwhile, another doc that Gibney produced, Alison Ellwood’s History of the Eagles Part One, won for Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming.

Robert Trachtenberg beat Gibney for the award for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming, for the American Masters episode Mel Brooks: Make a Noise, while American Masters as a whole was named Outstanding Documentary of Nonfiction Series. Greg Barker’s Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden was named Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special. History’s miniseries The Men Who Built America was another double-winner, picking up awards for Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera) and Outstanding Costumes for a Variety Program or Special, for which it tied.

The big reality TV winners of the night were Undercover Boss, which was named Outstanding Reality Program, and Deadliest Catch, which won two Emmys, Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming and Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming. That last category is not to be confused with Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming, which went to the CNN series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (beating Mea Maxima Culpa among other nominees), which also tied for Outstanding Informational Series (with Inside the Actor’s Studio).

Other notable nonfiction winners include the short HBO doc An Apology to Elephants, for which narrator Lily Tomlin won Outstanding Voice-Over Performance, and the short History.com doc Remembering 9/11, which won in the category Outstanding Special Class — Short-Format Nonfiction Programming. And Behind the Candelabra, which is only as nonfiction as a campy biopic will be, won a whopping eight Emmys.

Here is the full list of nonfiction winners at the 2013 Creative Arts Emmys:

Outstanding Children’s Program

Nick News With Linda Ellerbee — Forgotten But Not Gone: Kids, HIV & AIDS, Nickelodeon

Linda Ellerbee, Executive Producer

Rolfe Tessem, Executive Producer

Wally Berger, Supervising Producer

Mark Lyons, Producer

Martin Toub, Produced By

Wendy Lobel, Produced By

Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series

MasterChef , FOX

John Janavs, Production Designer

Robert Frye, Art Director

Heidi Miller, Set Decorator

Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming

Deadliest Catch, “Mutiny on the Bering Sea,” Discovery Channel

Josh Earl, A.C.E., Supervising Editor

Alex Durham, Editor

Rob Butler, Editor

Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, HBO

Sloane Klevin, Editor

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series Or Special

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS

Thomas Holmes, Production Mixer

Mikael Stewart, House Production Mixer

John Harris, Music Mixer

Eric Schilling, Music Mixer

Ron Reaves, House Music Mixer

Eric Johnston, Playback Mixer

Pablo Munguia, Playback Mixer

Tom Pesa, Stage Mixer

Michael Parker, Stage Mixer

Bob LaMasney, Audience Supplemental Mixer

Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming

History of The Eagles, Showtime

Tom Fleischman, Re-Recording Mixer

Bret Johnson, Sound Re-Recordist

Richard Davis, Music Mixer

Elliot Scheiner, Music Mixer

Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)

The Men Who Built America, “Bloody Battles,” HISTORY

Tim W. Kelly, Sound Editing

Jonathan Soule, Sound Editing

Outstanding Voice-Over Performance

An Apology to Elephants, HBO

Lily Tomlin as Narrator

Outstanding Costumes for a Variety Program or Special — Juried Award

55th Annual Grammy Awards (CBS)

Marina Toybina, Costume Designer

Courtney Webster, Assistant Costume Designer

The Men Who Built America, “Bloody Battles, “HISTORY”

Sarah Beers, Costume Designer

Rachael Leah Greene, Costume Supervisor

Lisa Faibish, Costumer Supervisor

Portlandia, “Blackout,” IFC

Amanda Needham, Costume Designer

Monika Schmidt, Costume Supervisor

Outstanding Music Direction

66th Annual Tony Awards, CBS

Elliot Lawrence, Music Director

Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics

66th Annual Tony Awards, “If I Had Time,” CBS

Adam Schlesinger, Lyrics by

David Javerbaum, Music by

Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming

Deadliest Catch, “Mutiny on the Bering Sea,” Discovery Channel

Cinematography Team

Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, “Myanmar,” CNN

Todd Liebler, Director of Photography

Zach Zamboni, Director of Photography

Morgan Fallon, Director of Photography

Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming

American Masters , “Mel Brooks: Make a Noise,” PBS

Robert Trachtenberg, Directed by

Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House Of God, HBO

Alex Gibney, Written by

Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking — Juried Award

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, HBO

Alex Gibney, producer

Todd Wider, producer

Jedd Wider, Producer

Sheila Nevins, Executive Producer

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special

Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden, HBO

Sheila Nevins, Executive Producer

Nancy Abraham, Senior Producer

John Battsek, Produced By

Julie Goldman, Produced By

Greg Barker, Produced By

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

American Masters, PBS

Susan Lacy, Executive Producer

Julie Sacks, Supervising Producer

Prudence Glass, Series Producer

Jessica Levin, Produced By

Outstanding Informational Series or Special (Tie)

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, CNN

Anthony Bourdain, Executive Producer/Host

Christopher Collins, Executive Producer

Lydia Tenaglia, Executive Producer

Sandra Zweig, Executive Producer

Sally Freeman, Producer

Tom Vitale, Producer

Inside The Actors Studio, Bravo

James Lipton, Executive Producer

Christian Barcellos, Executive Producer

Shawn Tesser, Producer

Jeff Wurtz, Producer

Outstanding Special Class Programs

66th Annual Tony Awards, CBS

Outstanding Special Class — Short-Format Nonfiction Programs

Remembering 9/11, History.com

Kathleen Williams, Executive Producer

Sean Kennedy, Producer

Outstanding Interactive Program

Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs, ComedyCentral.com

Robert Smigel, Executive Producer

Steve Grimes, Executive Producer

Shaw Bowman, Supervising Producer

Akash Goyal, Senior Producer

Mike Henneberger, Producer

Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series

The Voice, “Live Final Performances (Season 3),” NBC

Oscar Dominguez, Lighting Designer

Daniel Boland, Lighting Director

Samuel Barker, Lighting Director

Craig Housenick, Media Server Operator

Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for aVariety Special

Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Starring Beyoncé, CBS

Al Gurdon, Lighting Designer

Robert Barnhart, Lighting Director

Dave Grill, Lighting Director

Michael Owen, Lighting Director

Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special

66th Annual Tony Awards, CBS

Eric Becker, Technical Director

Rob Balton, Camera

Gerard Cancel, Camera

Bob DelRusso, Camera

Charlie Huntley, Camera

Ernie Jew, Camera

Salvatore “Tore” Liva, Camera

John Meiklejohn, Camera

Lyn Noland, Camera

Mark Renaudin, Camera

Shaun Harkins, Camera

Jay Kulick, Camera

Paul Ranieri, Video Control

Ka-Lai Wong, Video Control

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

Project Runway, Lifetime

Heidi Klum, Host

Tim Gunn, Host

Outstanding Reality Program

Undercover Boss, CBS

Eli Holzman, Executive Producer

Stephen Lambert, Executive Producer

Chris Carlson, Executive Producer

Scott Cooper, Producer

Rachelle Mendez, Producer

Abigail Shafran, Producer

Brielle Cohen, Producer

Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media — Juried Award

Top Chef’s Last Chance Kitchen (Bravo.com) — Outstanding Multiplatform Storytelling

Oprah’s Lifeclass (OWN.com) — Outstanding Social TV Experience

Nick app (Nickelodeon) — Outstanding User Experience and Visual Design

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (LizzieBennet.com) — Outstanding Interactive Program

(Editor in Chief)

Christopher Campbell is the founding editor of Nonfics.