The HBO documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” written by Austin’s Lawrence Wright and directed by Alex Gibney, has won a prestigious Peabody Award.
The awards, announced Tuesday by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications, also honored the autism documentary “How to Dance in Ohio”; “Night Will Fall,” about the making of a Holocaust film; and “The Jinx,” a true crime documentary focusing on Robert Durst.
The documentary and education winners also included Netflix’s “What Happened, Miss Simone”; ABC’s “Black-ish” and USA’s “Mr. Robot.” News, radio and web winners, which were previously announced, included “This American Life” and HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” A full list of winners is available at peabodyawards.com.
In awarding “Going Clear” a Peabody, the judges said that the film “about the history and hardball tactics of the Church of Scientology draws its persuasive power from letters and documents contradicting the fabrications of its late founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and from blistering testimonials by prominent ex-church officials and former members about abuse and corruption.”
The documentary is based on the 2013 book by Wright, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief.”