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Leah Remini's Scientology series wins Emmy Award

On another planet, in another universe, one where the weather outside doesn't dominate our every waking thought, the Creative Arts Emmy Awards were held Saturday night. And one winner should be of particular interest in Tampa Bay: Leah Remini.

The actress and former Scientologist won an Emmy for Best Informational Program for her A&E docu-series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. The controversial nonfiction series features Remini attempting to expose wrongdoing within the church, the spiritual headquarters of which is located in Clearwater.

"As an actress, you always want to get an Emmy nomination or win an Emmy," she told reporters backstage, according to GoldDerby, "but as you get a little older, and you realize what's really important and you are exposed to stories like this, it becomes more about doing the right thing, and so ... this doesn't belong to me. It really does belong to our contributors, and so it's more fulfilling."

Other notable winners at this year's Creative Arts Emmy Awards include Melissa McCarthy and Dave Chappelle for Best Comedy Guest Actresss and Actor, both for their appearances on Saturday Night Live; Ava DuVernay's 13th for Best Documentary/Nonfiction Special; RuPaul for Best Reality Host for RuPaul's Drag Race; Meryl Streep for Best Narrator for Five Came Back; Stranger Things for its theme music and title sequence design; and The People's House: Inside the White House with Barack and Michelle Obama for Best Original Interactive Program.

The main Emmy Awards will air Sunday on CBS.

-- Jay Cridlin

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