“I have always been fascinated by God,” says Morgan Freeman, introducing Nat Geo’s “The Story of God” (watch above). ” Why do people all around the world worship their god so differently? We all ask ourselves this one fundamental question: who is God?” He sought answers to that question in the six-part series, which aired from April 3 to May 8. It’s a potential contender for Best Informational Program, and Freeman is a strong contender to be nominated for Best Narrator. Dish “The Story of God” with Hollywood insiders in our notorious forums by clicking here.
Freeman has one of the most recognizable voices in Hollywood, and he has famously narrated several film and TV projects in the past: the Steven Spielberg sci-fi thriller “War of the Worlds” and the Oscar-winning documentary “March of the Penguins,” as well as TV programs like “30 for 30,” “American Masters,” “American Experience.” It’s surprising then that Freeman has never been nominated for narration at the Emmys.
Narration has only had its own Emmy category for two years. Before 2014 narrators competed for Best Voice-Over Performance, but in 2014 the TV academy split the category into separate races honoring narrators like Freeman and character performers like Seth MacFarlane in “Family Guy” or Harry Shearer in “The Simpsons.”
But Freeman has been nominated for Emmys before. He earned a pair of bids as executive producer of “Through the Wormhole“: Best Documentary/Nonfiction Series (2013) and Best Informational Program (2014). So can he finally win for that legendary voice? Lucky for Freeman the Best Narrator category has favored esteemed veteran actors both years it was handed out. Jeremy Irons won for “Game of Lions” in 2014 and Peter Coyote prevailed for “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” in 2015. Coyote defeated another acting vet, Miranda Richardson (“Operation Orangutan”) as well as scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson (“Hubble’s Cosmic Journey”), Anthony Mendez (“Jane the Virgin”) and Henry Strozier (“Too Cute!”).
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