News | BMG | Los Angeles, 07/19/2023

‘Moonage Daydream’ Scores Five Emmy Nominations

“Moonage Daydream,” the documentary about singer David Bowie directed by Brett Morgen and financed and produced by BMG, enters the race for the 2023 Emmy Awards, the world’s most important television prize, with fully five nominations. “Moonage Daydream” was the most successful documentary of 2022, generating $12.2 million in box office receipts.

The BMG documentary “Moonage Daydream” about singer David Bowie, who died in 2016, has long since won over movie audiences. By the end of 2022, director Brett Morgen’s film had grossed $12.2 million, making it the most successful documentary of 2022. The music documentary had also already been nominated for major awards such as the British BAFTA Award, but now even greater honors could be in store. “Moonage Daydream” has received five nominations for an Emmy Award, the world’s most important television prize.

“Moonage Daydream” has hopes of winning the Television Academy’s coveted Emmy trophy in the following five categories: “Outstanding Directing For A Documentary/Nonfiction Program,” “Outstanding Picture Editing For A Nonfiction Program,” “Outstanding Sound Editing For A Nonfiction Or Reality Program (Single Or Multi-Camera),” “Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera),” and “Outstanding Writing For A Nonfiction Program.” Jointly produced and financed by BMG and Live Nation Productions, the film is the first documentary about David Bowie authorized by the singer’s estate. The film platform Rotten Tomatoes rates the documentary at 95 percent, Metacritic at 85 percent.

The film, including the title song “Moonage Daydream,” draws extensively on Bowie’s song catalog from 1970 to 1977, in which BMG has a 25 percent stake, and includes such hits as “Changes,” “Starman,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “The Jean Genie,” “All The Young Dudes,” “Life on Mars,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Fame,” “Young Americans,” and “Golden Years.” In his 140-minute documentary, Director Brett Morgen, who is also the creator of documentaries about the Rolling Stones and Kurt Cobain, combined David Bowie’s music and art into a kaleidoscopic, cinematic odyssey that follows Bowie’s creative, spiritual and philosophical evolution. “Moonage Daydream” features never-before-seen footage, performances, and music and is accompanied entirely by Bowie’s own narration. The film includes 47 pieces of music mixed from the original tapes. Bowie’s longtime musical companion and friend Tony Visconti is the film’s music producer. The Emmy Awards recognize extraordinary programming, performances and a diverse range of exceptional storytelling across multiple platforms.

The annual awards ceremony has been dubbed ‘television’s biggest night’ and is viewed by television fans around the world. There are more than 20,000 voting members of the Academy and this year’s nominations marked the highest voter participation in Emmy history. The 75th Emmy Awards will be broadcast (TV and internet) across the U.S. on September 18, as well as in other countries, live from the Peacock Theatre in Los Angeles.