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Barack Obama adds an Emmy to his growing collection of honours

Barack and Michelle Obama are getting lots of practice at accepting awards, including his latest, an Emmy. <i>Photo: Getty</i>

Barack and Michelle Obama are getting lots of practice at accepting awards, including his latest, an Emmy. Photo: Getty

Former US president Barack Obama will need to get a bigger mantelpiece now that he has picked up an Emmy to go with his two Grammys.

Obama was named winner on Saturday of 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 Saturday night’s Creative Arts Emmys, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, David Attenborough and Lupita Nyong’o.

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

Barack Obama won Grammy Awards 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.

Obama now needs an Oscar and Tony to become and official EGOT,  the showbiz insiders’ term for those who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. To date, 17 people have done it.

The late Chadwick Boseman also won an Emmy for his voice work on Saturday.

The Black Panther actor won for outstanding character voiceover 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, who died in 2020 of colon cancer at age 43.

-with AAP

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