Congratulations to ‘The Line’ on Its Emmy® Win, Plus a Look at Past Winners & Nominees

Oculus Blog
September 17, 2020

We’re thrilled to share that The Line has won the 2020 Primetime Emmy® Juried Award for Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Media. The Line, developed by Brazilian studio ARVORE, is a fantastical story set upon a scale-model of 1940s São Paulo and narrated by Rodrigo Santoro (Westworld). Unlock an enchanted maquette where you’ll discover the love story of two miniature dolls, Pedro and Rosa. The Line was the world’s first VR narrative experience that fully integrated support for Oculus Quest’s hand tracking feature. Pulling on knobs with your hands and even crawling under the machinery without using your Touch controllers is delightful. Congratulations to ARVORE!

“I am at a loss for words on how to describe what it is like for all of the hard work that our amazing team put into The Line to be recognized with such a prestigious award as a Primetime Emmy,” says ARVORE CEO Ricardo Justus. “To receive this recognition, particularly in an innovation category, is truly an incredible achievement for us, which validates our dedication and our vision for the future of immersive technologies as a storytelling medium.”

The Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Media Award is a juried award, new to the Academy since 2017, encouraging pioneering and redefining the conventions of interactive media experiences. Winning entries must earn the vote of the jury and the Peer Group Executive Committee. This latest accolade adds to an already impressive list of awards that The Line has received, including Best VR Experience at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, Best VR Immersive Award at the 2019 Kaohsiung Film Festival, and more. The Line is available on Oculus Quest and the Rift Platform.

Additional nominations for Emmy® Awards were given to When We Stayed Home and Rebuilding Notre Dame, two artistic documentary-style immersive videos created by TARGO. You can view each of the four episodes of When We Stayed Home, Paris, Venice, Jerusalem, and Tokyo, and Rebuilding Notre Dame on Oculus Quest.

“The Television Academy has been on the forefront of celebrating the emerging medium of VR storytelling over the past five years, and it’s been our honor to be part of that journey,” says Facebook Reality Labs Executive Producer Yelena Rachitsky. “From the first Emmy given out for best original interactive awarded to a VR project, Henry, to incorporating hand tracking in VR with The Line, these awards allow for these groundbreaking and rich narratives to be recognized by the broader public.”

Take a Look Back Through Emmy® Award Winners

68th Primetime Emmy® Awards (2016)

The charming VR film Henry was the first VR original narrative movie to ever win an Emmy. Narrated by Elijah Wood and developed with former creative talent from the Brave and Toy Story 3 teams, Henry is the story of a little hedgehog with a big problem—he loves to hug! After ending up alone on his birthday, he’ll make a wish that changes everything. Henry won the Outstanding Original Interactive Program Emmy® Award. This award was a momentous milestone for all VR storytellers paving the way.

Henry is available on Oculus Quest, the Rift Platform, and Oculus Go.

38th Sports Emmy® Awards (2016)

In one of the most dramatic, historic, unforgettable, championship series of all time, Follow My Lead lets you relive the 2016 NBA Finals on the court, behind the scenes, and everywhere in between. Follow My Lead won the Outstanding Digital Innovation Sports Emmy® Award.

Follow My Lead is available on Oculus Go.

69th Primetime Emmy® Awards (2017)

Take a first-hand tour of The White House guided by 44th president of the United States Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in The People’s House – Inside The White House With Barack And Michelle Obama. Through an intimate guided tour of the inside rooms of the White House—including non-public spaces like the Oval Office—only possible in 360° video and VR, this Felix & Paul Studios piece won Outstanding Original Interactive Program.

The People’s House – Inside The White House With Barack And Michelle Obama is available on Oculus Quest, the Rift Platform, and Oculus Go.

You can learn more about our 2017 nominees here.

39th News & Documentary Emmy® Awards (2018)

Placing you inside the invisible world of computer viruses, Zero Days VR won the Outstanding New Approaches: Documentary Award. Zero Days VR highlights how this digital threat is closer to home than we realize, representing a new chapter in modern warfare.

Zero Days VR is available on the Rift Platform and Oculus Go.

71st Primetime Emmy® Awards (2019)

Based on the award-winning children’s book written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean, Wolves in the Walls blends an AI-powered protagonist and choreography from immersive theater company Third Rail Projects to create a uniquely compelling and emotionally engaging experience unlike what’s come before it in VR. Eight-year-old Lucy isn’t just a passive character in the story. She remembers your interactions and uses them to inform your future play sessions—at least until it’s all over. Wolves in the Walls won Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Programming.

Wolves in the Walls is available on the Rift Platform and coming soon to Oculus Quest.

We’re honored to have supported these incredible titles, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.