HBO Paterno

While HBO's "Paterno" received mixed reviews from the Penn State community, the 2018 film has garnered praise from the film industry — in the form of an Emmy nomination.

The film, which stars Al Pacino as former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and Riley Keough as Patriot-News reporter Sara Ganim, was nominated for an Emmy Thursday night in the Outstanding TV Movie Category.

Directed by Barry Levinson, the movie follows Paterno and Ganim after the news of the Sandusky sexual abuse scandal broke.

Some in the Penn State community felt the film tarnished Paterno's legacy as a coach.

Shortly after the film's release, nearly 300 Penn State football letterman released a letter criticizing the film.

"Paterno" will compete against films like "The Tale," "USS Callister: Black Mirror," "Fahrenheit 451" and "Flint" to win the award. The Emmys will air on Sept. 17 on NBC.


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