Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus has won its first Emmy for a VR-based original short film called ‘Henry’ that stars a hedgehog voiced by Elijah Wood who loves to hug.
The film was named best outstanding original interactive program and though it isn’t the first virtual reality experience to win an Emmy, it is the first original VR content to win one– meaning it wasn’t based off a pre-existing title or brand. It’s also the first to win this particular award, which has previously gone to apps like ‘AMEX Unstaged: Taylor Swift,’ and online video like ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.’
“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,” stated director Ramiro Dau in a statement released on September 8th.
The short is the second film from Oculus Story Studio, which was launched in early 2015. The studio is currently working on a third project called ‘Dear Angelica.’