"The Normal Heart" won the Emmy on Monday for television movie. The HBO telepic had been widely considered the front-runner in the category.
An adaptation of Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking 1985 play, the TV movie takes place between 1981 and 1984 in
Its road from stage to screen was years in the making, ultimately finding traction under
“The Normal Heart” premiered over
On the morning of
"I'm just so excited for Larry," Murphy told The Times. "It was a labor of love. I fought for it. I really worked hard to get people to see it, for so long. I would just hope that any recognition you get just gets more people to watch the story and to learn about that dark chapter in our history."
Its win comes during a year in which movies and miniseries received their own categories at the Emmys (the TV Academy this year voted to undo a change made three years ago to combine the categories). It's a move that underscores the rise of telepics and event series on television.
“The Normal Heart” beat out fellow HBO nominee “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” “Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic), “Sherlock” (