The ceremony is still 10 days away, but Oculus already has won the first-ever Emmy for a virtual reality-based original narrative, with the animated film Henry nabbing the award for Outstanding Original Interactive Program.
The short film, narrated by Lord Of The Rings actor Elijah Wood, is about a hedgehog who likes to give hugs to balloon animals. It’s not surprising that the film garnered critical acclaim for the Facebook-owned company — it was directed by Ramiro Lopez Dau, who contributed to films like Brave, Monsters University, and Cars 2.
“When we set out to make Henry, it was a step into the unknown world of making an emotional VR movie,” said Dau in a press release about the award. “While we didn’t know what the outcome was going to be, we were excited about the possibilities. We never anticipated that one of our first projects would be given such a distinction, and this recognition is not only a testament to our team’s creative and technical achievements, but also a validation for the VR storytelling community as a whole.”