The 2017 Emmy winner for Best Narrator is going to be someone really, really famous. Other than Meryl Streep, who’s nominated for Netflix’s documentary “Five Came Back,” the other A-listers contending in the four-year-old Best Narrator category are 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”). Can Streep take down all of these worthy gents and add an Emmy to her crowded mantel? Make your Creative Arts Emmy predictions right now.
“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 back in 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.
Streep provides the narration for all three parts but the finale, “The Price of Victory,” is 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. Watch the “Five Came Back” trailer below that features Streep’s narration.
Of course, Streep is a three-time Oscar winner for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979), “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) and “The Iron Lady” (2011), but did you know she also has two Emmys on her mantel? Streep won Best Movie/Mini Actress for both “Holocaust” (1978) and “Angels in America” (2003), so a third Emmy for “Five Came Back” would even out her Oscars and Emmys quite nicely.
Since the Best Narrator category was separated from the Best Character Voice-Over Performance race three years ago, only men have taken home the trophy: Jeremy Irons (“Game of Lions”) in 2014, Peter Coyote (“The Roosevelts: An Intimate History”) in 2015 and Keith David (“Jackie Robinson”) in 2016. Will Streep be the first woman whose dulcet tones entire Emmy voters?
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