Barack Obama Wins Emmy For Narrating Netflix Documentary Series
The former president of the US won an Emmy Award earlier this month to go with his two Grammys.
He won the best narrator Emmy for his work on the Netflix documentary series, Our Great National Parks.
The five-part show, which features national parks from around the globe, is produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground.
He was the biggest name in a category full of famous nominees for the award handed out at the awards ceremony for the Creative Arts Emmys, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, David Attenborough and Lupita Nyong’o.
Barack Obama is now the second president to have an Emmy after Dwight D. Eisenhower was given a special Emmy Award in 1956.
Barack Obama, who in the past won Grammy Awards for his audiobook reading of two of his memoirs, The Audacity of Hope and Dreams From My Father. Michelle Obama, also won the Grammy for reading her audiobook in 2020.
Barack Obama is halfway to become an EGOT, which refers to a special category of entertainers who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. To date, including renowned personalities such as Mel Brooks, Whoopie Goldberg, Jennifer Hudson, and Audrey Hepburn, it is only 17 people that have done it.
Obama said on his Facebook page that National Wildlife Day should be an urgent reminder for all of us to do our part to protect our wildlife and environment. He talked about preserving our wildlife and lands for future generations to come.
The late Chadwick Boseman, who was one of the famous actors in history has also won an Emmy for his voice work at the awards night. The Black Panther actor won for outstanding character voice-over for the Disney+ and Marvel Studios animated show, What If…?
On the show, Boseman voiced his Black Panther character T’Challa in an alternate universe where he becomes Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy.
It was one of the last projects for Boseman, after reports claimed that he was diagnosed of colon cancer. He later died in 2020 at age 43.
However, Arcane, the popular Netflix animated series based on the League of Legends video game, has also won the Emmy award for Outstanding Animated Program, on top of the three other animation-related trophies it earned earlier this year.
This marks the first time that a streaming-exclusive show has won the award, despite growing competition in recent years. In the previous years, entries have been recorded from other Netflix animated shows, such as Big Mouth and BoJack Horseman, both nominated for the award.
The series which was released in November 2021, in partnership with League developer Riot Games, focuses on a handful of characters from the popular MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena), including orphaned sisters Vi and Jinx, their childhood friend Ekko, and bickering inventors Jayce and Viktor. The episode that won the award is the sixth in the series, titled “When These Walls Come Tumbling Down.”
The Arcane co-creator, Christian Linke was at the awards night ceremony to receive the award and he was quoted saying, “Thank you for this. It is a big deal for us as we come from video games. It is something amazing to see the world embrace our characters.”