Former US President Barack Obama has won an Emmy for the first time. The 61-year-old was awarded in the category “Best Narrator” for his role as a speaker in the Netflix documentary series “Our Great National Parks”, as the US television academy announced on Saturday evening (local time). In the five-part series, which Obama also co-produced, he presents national parks from all over the world.
The ex-president has already won two Grammy Awards for the audio versions of his memoirs The Audacity of Hope and A Promised Land. ).
After leaving the White House in 2017, Obama also founded a production company with his wife Michelle, which secured a lucrative contract with the Netflix streaming service. The first documentary “American Factory” won an Oscar and an Emmy – but the awards went to the filmmakers and not directly to the Obamas themselves.
The other Emmy nominees in the category were Lupita Nyong’o, David Attenborough, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and W. Kamau Bell. The Emmys are America’s most important television awards. The winners in the main categories will be announced at a gala in Los Angeles on September 12th. The first awards in various technical and creative categories will be presented beforehand.