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Emmys 2014: THE NORMAL HEART Wins for 'Outstanding Television Movie'

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Emmys 2014: THE NORMAL HEART Wins for 'Outstanding Television Movie'

THE NORMAL HEART, from HBO and directed by Ryan Murphy was the recipient of the 2014 Emmy for 'Outstanding Television Movie.' The adaptation received 16 nominations this year.

Based on Larry Kramer's groundbreaking Tony Award-winning 1985 play of the same name, the HBO original film stars Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Taylor Kitsch, Julia Roberts, Alfred Molina and Corey Stoll.

Murphy and Kramer's drama tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS Crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation's sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.

Mark Ruffalo portrays Ned Weeks, who witnesses first-hand a mysterious disease that has begun to claim the lives of many in his gay community and starts to seek answers. Matt Bomer plays Felix Turner, a reporter who becomes Ned's lover. Taylor Kitsch plays Bruce Niles, a closeted investment banker who becomes a prominent AIDS activist. Jim Parsons plays gay activist Tommy Boatwright, reprising his role from the 2011 Broadway revival. Roberts plays physician Dr. Emma Brookner, a Survivor of childhood polio who treats several of the earliest victims of HIV-AIDS.

Kramer's play debuted at New York's Public Theatre in 1985 and was revived in Los Angeles and London, and off-Broadway. The 2011 Broadway revival garnered five Tony nominations, winning for Best Revival, Best Featured Actor and Best Featured Actress.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast will air live coast-to-coast tonight at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on NBC from the NOKIA Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The stars have already hit the red carpet and settled in for the ceremony - but it's never too late to get one last look at the fashion!

Over the last week, BroadwayWorld has been bringing you special Emmy coverage with profiles of Emmy-nominated theatre stars and plays adapted into Emmy-nominated TV movies. Check out all of BWW's Emmy Coverage, plus the ongoing winners list!

As part of our Emmy coverage, the BWW staff and readers made their predictions, so follow along and see who has the best night in our Emmy pool.

Chime in in the comments below, or on Twitter using the hashtag #BWWEmmys. We will be updating the list of winners after each award is announced.

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