Barack Obama Wins Emmy for Narrative in Netflix Documentary Series


Barack Obama is halfway through an EGOT.

The former US president won an Emmy Award on Saturday to accompany his two Grammys.

Obama won the Emmy for best storyteller for his work on the Netflix documentary series Our major 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 filled with famous nominees for the award presented in Los Angeles at Saturday night’s Creative Arts Emmys, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, David Attenborough and Lupita Nyong’o.

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

Obama has already won Grammys for his audiobook 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 the actor won the award for outstanding character voiceover for the Disney+ and Marvel Studios animated show What if…?

On the show, Boseman expressed 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, who died in 2020 of colon cancer at age 43.


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