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On July 13th the Television Academy announced the nominees for the 2017 Emmy Awards, some of the nominees were Stranger ThingsThe Handmaid’s Tale, and Atlanta garnering a host of nominations. However, alongside more traditional programming, several virtual reality experiences were given recognition for their accomplishments. But this year there is something different, for the first time multiple VR projects have been nominated for an award. The VR projects nominated for Emmys were split across two different categories, three are in contention for the Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within a Program gong, while another three are in the running for the Outstanding Interactive Program award. Here’s the full list:

Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within A Scripted Program

  • The Mr. Robot Virtual Reality Experience USA Universal Cable Productions, Here Be Dragons, Esmail Corp. and Anonymous Content (360 video on YouTube)
  • Stranger Things VR Experience – Netflix – Netflix and CBS Digital (360 video on YouTube)
  • The Simpsons – Planet Of The Couches – – Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television and Google Spotlight Stories (download here for Google Cardboard)

Outstanding Original Interactive Program

An Emmy nomination is not something new for Oculus, last year they won an Emmy for their animated adventure Henry in the Outstanding Interactive Program category. It was the first original project released in VR to win an award. These nominations are a clear indicator that VR content is becoming relevant and even though has not fully become mainstream it shows the future and potential of this technology. If  you want to be witness to this historic moment you can watch the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, will broadcast live on CBS on Sunday, September 17.

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