As Gold Derby predicted, Meryl Streep has just won her third career Emmy Award, which means she now has three Emmys to go along with her trio of Oscars. Streep prevailed at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys as Best Narrator for the Netflix documentary “Five Came Back,” though she was not in attendance to accept. Previously, she won Best Movie/Mini Actress for both “Angels in America” (2003) and “Holocaust” (1978).
At this year’s ceremony, Streep’s dulcet tones were pitted against fellow Best Narrator contenders Laurence Fishburne (“Year Million”), Ewan McGregor (“Wild Scotland”), Sam Neill (“Wild New Zealand”) and double-nominee Liev Schreiber (“Muhammad Ali: Only One” and “UConn: The March to Madness”).
“Five Came Back” is Netflix’s acclaimed three-part series that streamed on March 31. Based on Mark Harris‘ book, the documentary profiles a quintet of Oscar-winning directors who put their Hollywood careers on hold in order to serve their country during World War II. Current directors honor each of the five men: Steven Spielberg for William Wyler, Guillermo del Toro for Frank Capra, Paul Greengrass for John Ford, Francis Ford Coppola for John Huston and Lawrence Kasdan for George Stevens.
While Streep provides the narration for all three parts, the finale “The Price of Victory” was her official Emmy submission. That’s the entry that showcases the five directors returning home from war and how it forever affected their personal and professional lives.
The Emmys separated the Best Narrator contenders from the Best Character Voice-Over Performance category four years ago. Here is the updated list of narration champions:
Jeremy Irons (“Game of Lions”) in 2014
Peter Coyote (“The Roosevelts: An Intimate History”) in 2015
Keith David (“Jackie Robinson”) in 2016
Meryl Streep (“Five Came Back”) in 2017
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