Barack Obama Wins Emmy for Narrative in National Parks Series


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barack Obama is halfway through an EGOT.

The former president won an Emmy Award on Saturday to go along with his two Grammys.

Obama won the Emmy for Outstanding Storyteller for his work on the Netflix documentary series, “Our Great National Parks.”

The five-part show, which features national parks around the world, 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 Saturday night’s Creative Arts Emmys award, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, David Attenborough and Lupita Nyong’o.

Barack Obama is the second president to have an Emmy. Dwight D. Eisenhower received a special Emmy Award in 1956.

Barack Obama has already won Grammy Awards for his audio reading of two of his memoirs, “The Audacity of Hope” and “A Promised Land.” Michelle Obama won her own Grammy for reading her audiobook in 2020.

EGOT refers to a special category of artists who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. To date, 17 people have done so.

The late Chadwick Boseman also won an Emmy for his voice work on Saturday. The ‘Black Panther’ actor won the Outstanding Character Voiceover award 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 of “Guardians of the Galaxy”.

It was one of the last projects for Boseman, who died in 2020 of colon cancer at age 43.

The Associated Press


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