PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two Portland-based advertising agencies have been nominated for the Outstanding Commercial Emmy.
A Nike commercial that stirred up controversy last summer earned Wieden+Kennedy a nomination. “Dream Crazy” is narrated by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who also appears on camera partway through the ad. It shows the triumphs of athletes from all walks of life, and concludes with, “Don’t ask if your dreams are crazy. Ask if they’re crazy enough.”
The controversy around Kaepernick stems from the 2016 NFL season, when he began kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest.
Meanwhile, Kamp Grizzly gets a nod for Netflix’s “A Great Day in Hollywood,” which highlights the contributions of black actors, writers and directors.
The minute long spot is inspired by “A Great Day in Harlem,” a black and white photo of jazz musicians in 1958. Caleb McLaughlin, of “Stranger Things” fame narrates the commercial, declaring “This is not a moment. This is a movement. We are strong black leads. Today is a great day in Hollywood.”
71st Primetime Emmy Awards air Sunday, September 22.