Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Narrator

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Narrator
Awarded forOutstanding Narrator
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Currently held by David Attenborough, Seven Worlds, One Planet (2020)
Website emmys.com

The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Narrator is awarded to one individual each year.

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In 2014, the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance was separated into two categories – Outstanding Narrator and Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance. [1] Rules hold that the "submission must be performed/read as a traditional narration and may not be audio lifted from an on-camera performance or interview. If the narration is performed in the first person as a character rather than the narrator, even if credited as narrator, it should be submitted in the character voice-over category." [2]

In the following list, the first titles listed in gold are the winners; those not in gold are nominees, which are listed in alphabetical order. The years given are those in which the ceremonies took place:

Winners and nominations

1990s

YearNarratorProgramNetwork
1994
(46th)
Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming [3] [4] [note 1] [note 2]
David Marshall Grant The Legend of Billy the Kid Disney

2010s

YearNarratorProgramNetwork
2014
(66th)
[5]
Jeremy Irons Game of Lions Nat Geo Wild
Daniel Craig One Life Nat Geo Wild
Whoopi Goldberg Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley HBO
Jane Lynch Penguins: Waddle All the Way Discovery
Henry Strozier Too Cute!(Episode: "Holiday Special") Animal Planet
2015
(67th)
[6]
Peter Coyote The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (Episode: "Episode 1: Get Action 1858–1901") PBS
Anthony Mendez Jane the Virgin (Episode: "Chapter Fourteen") The CW
Miranda Richardson Operation Orangutan Nat Geo Wild
Henry Strozier Too Cute!(Episode: "Tubby Puppies") Animal Planet
Neil deGrasse Tyson Hubble's Cosmic Journey Nat Geo
2016
(68th)
[7]
Keith David Jackie Robinson PBS
David Attenborough Life Story (Episode: "First Steps") Discovery
Adrien Brody Breakthrough (Episode: "Decoding the Brain") Nat Geo
Laurence Fishburne Roots History
Anthony Mendez Jane the Virgin (Episode: "Chapter Thirty-Four") The CW
2017
(69th)
[8]
Meryl Streep Five Came Back (Episode: "The Price of Victory") Netflix
Laurence Fishburne Year Million(Episode: "Homo Sapien 2.0") Nat Geo
Ewan McGregor Wild Scotland Nat Geo Wild
Sam Neill Wild New Zealand
Liev Schreiber Muhammad Ali: Only One HBO
UConn: The March to Madness
2018
(70th)
[9]
David Attenborough Blue Planet II (Episode: "One Ocean") BBC America
Charles Dance Savage Kingdom(Episode: "Uprising: First Blood") Nat Geo Wild
Morgan Freeman March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step Hulu
Carl Reiner If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast HBO
Liev Schreiber 24/7(Episode: "Canelo-Golovkin")
2019
(71st)
[10]
David Attenborough Our Planet (Episode: "One Planet") Netflix
Angela Bassett The Flood(Episode: "First Pulse") Nat Geo Wild
Charles Dance Savage Kingdom(Episode: "Fall of the Queen")
Anthony Mendez Wonders of Mexico PBS
Liev Schreiber The Many Lives of Nick Buoniconti HBO
Juliet Stevenson Queens of Mystery (Episode: "Murder in the Dark: First Chapter") Acorn TV

2020s

YearNarratorProgramNetwork
2020
(72nd)
[11]
David Attenborough Seven Worlds, One Planet (Episode: "Antarctica") BBC America
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Black Patriots: Heroes of the Revolution History
Angela Bassett The Imagineering Story (Episode: "The Happiest Place on Earth") Disney+
Chiwetel Ejiofor The Elephant Queen Apple TV+
Lupita Nyong'o Serengeti(Episode: "Destiny") Discovery

Performers with multiple awards

Total include wins for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance.

Performers with multiple nominations

Total include nominations for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance.

Notes

  1. This program was nominated as Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming. As a juried award, nominees had to garner 50% approval to win the award.
  2. In 2020, the TV Academy rescinded a win in this category for the Disney Channel special George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin, narrated by George Stevens Jr. The program was a re-edit of the 1985 BBC documentary D-Day to Berlin, in violation of a rule that "a program that is a foreign acquisition without benefit of a domestic co-production cannot be re-introduced into eligibility in a current awards year, even though it may have been modified with new footage, sound track, musical score, etc."

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