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‘The Normal Heart’ Earns Sixteen Emmy Nominations

by our Editors in Films & Books , 14 augustus 2014

Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking play about the early years of the AIDS crisis, was turned into a movie. On July 10 this movie has received sixteen Emmy nominations, including four for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. One of these nominations is for Mark Ruffalo for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his performance as Ned Weeks.

According to Out magazine, Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Alfred Molina, and Joe Mantello have also been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie and Julia Roberts has been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.

The movie premiered on May 25 on HBO, and follows a group of gay activists and medical allies as they attempt to expose the truth about the AIDS epidemic terrorizing the gay community in the early 1980s. Larry Kramer originally wrote “The Normal Heart” as a play in 1985. It was also in 1985 that Barbra Streisand bought the movie rights for “The Normal Heart.” However, in 1995, after ten years of inactivity, Kramer took the rights back to the play, angrily telling Streisand that she did not have “quite the same burning passion to make it as you always claim.” According to Streisand, money was the issue that prevented the movie from being produced sooner. While HBO was willing to offer Kramer $250,000, Streisand says Kramer refused to take anything under $1 million.

Once director Ryan Murphy and Ruffalo came on board three years ago, everything fell into place. The filmmakers stayed true to what Kramer had envisioned, as well. “Once I heard that Larry was happy with it, I felt that was everything to me; I think that was everything to all of us who worked on this,” actor Matt Bomer told HIV Plus earlier this year. “So I breathed a sigh of relief and just said a prayer of thanks. You don’t want to tell someone’s story and have them not be happy about it.”

Almost thirty years after it was written, the film adaptation of Kramer’s “The Normal Heart” has aired nationwide in the USA and now also garnered numerous Emmy nominations. When will a Dutch broadcaster program this production?

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