The Obamas’ Netflix Shows Get Emmy Nominations

The Obamas’ Netflix Shows Get Emmy Nominations

July 12, 2023

This year’s Primetime Emmy nominations, announced Wednesday morning, included new plaudits for the industry’s favorite political couple — Barack and Michelle Obama.

Former President Barack Obama received a nomination for narrating his Netflix docuseries Working, though the series itself failed to garner any other nominations. The series follows Obama as he travels the country interviewing people about their jobs and discussing the changing nature of work.

This is Barack’s second Emmy nomination, after winning last year in the same category for his narration in the docuseries Our Great National Parks.

Michelle Obama’s Netflix special The Light We Carry — a recorded conversation between the former first lady and Oprah Winfrey — was nominated in the “hosted nonfiction series or special” category.

In 2020, Michelle Obama’s Netflix documentary Becoming landed four Emmy nominations.

The Obamas’ still have a production deal with Netflix under which the former first couple produce and sometimes appear in documentaries. The deal also includes scripted series as well as content aimed at kids.

The couple’s Netflix documentary American Factory, about a Chinese takeover of a U.S. plant, won an Oscar in 2020.

The Obamas’ have also received multiple Grammy Award nominations and wins for their audiobook recordings.

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