Projects from the popular TV producer had quite the showing when nominations were announced Thursday for the 66th annual
"It's an exciting day, to say the least," Murphy said Thursday by phone.
"I think particularly this year, really — between "Horror Story" and "Fargo" and how well
The third season of
Among its nominations are acting nods for Paulson and Lange, and a nod for the horror drama in the miniseries category -- this year miniseries contenders were separated from the television movie nominees.
A move that keeps Murphy from a "Sophie's Choice"-type scenario given that "The Normal Heart," a passion project of Murphy's that was years in the making, is nominated in the television movie category. It's just one of 16 nominations -- many for its star roster including
"I'm just so excited for Larry," he said. "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."
"The Normal Heart," about the early years of the AIDS crisis, premiered over
"The thing that I think is happening to television now is what we saw happen with 'The Normal Heart,'" Murphy said. "A million people watch it when it premiered that night. But since that time, over 6 million people have watched. It will continue to grow. And I think a lot of people will continue to watch it over the summer. I think that's one of those movies where you have to prepare yourself for: get in a quiet place and emotionally prepare yourself. It's a tough story to watch, but definitely rewarding. I hope people continue to find it the way his play continues to find people."