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Obama wins Emmy for narrating national park documentary

Washington, Sep 4 (EFE).- Former President Barack Obama on the weekend won an Emmy Award for his role in narrating the Netflix documentary series “Our Great National Parks.”

The five-part docuseries on national parks and wildlife around the world was created by Higher Ground Productions, the production company of Obama and his wife Michelle.

One of those five segments, devoted to Chilean Patagonia, was nominated for an Emmy in the category of exceptional cinematography for a non-fiction program, but that award went to “Dancing with God,” the fourth segment of “100-foot Wave.”

Obama now has won an Emmy and two Grammy awards – the latter for best spoken word album for his audiobooks “The Audacity of Hope” (2008), in which he discusses his political thinking, and “Dreams from My Father” (2006), an autobiographical work in which he shares a more personal view of his career.

Michelle Obama in 2020 won a Grammy for reading her own audiobook.

Obama, 61, is the second US president to take home an Emmy Award, after Dwight Eisenhower received an honorary Governors Award from the Television Academy in 1956, while he was still in office.

Due to the large number of Emmy categories, the US Television Academy divides the awards into two parts: the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, presented this weekend, and the Primetime Emmy Awards, which is the huge televised gala that generates the most interest among the general public and which will be held in Los Angeles on Sept. 12.

Among the awards that already have been announced is one going to Spain’s Alberto Mielgo, the winner of an Oscar for the best animated short film for “The Windshield Wiper.” He received an Emmy for his work on “Jibaro,” one of the segments of the Netflix animated series “Love, Death & Robots.”

Among the big winners this time around was British singer Adele, whose special “Adele: One Night Only” received five awards, including best prerecorded variety special, best technical direction, best lighting and best sound production.

It tied “The Beatles: Get Back” in terms of awards, with the three-part Disney+ documentary directed by New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson taking the awards for Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program and Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.

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