Ryan Murphy accepted the award for Outstanding Television Movie on behalf of “The Normal Heart” at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.
In his speech, he thanks the people at HBO, his wonderful cast and “The Hulk and Erin Brokovich” (Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts) for getting “this thing alive.”
Murphy then goes on to encourage young people to be more like Larry Kramer, the AIDS activist who wrote the autobiographic “Normal Heart” play, and who also joined the cast and producers on stage for the acceptance speech.
“We’re going to use the rest of our time to ask young people watching to become Larry Kramers — to find a cause you believe in, that you will fight for, that you will die for. Go online. Look up amfAR. Look up the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. This is for all of the hundreds of thousands of artists that have passed from HIV/AIDS since 1981. Your memory and your passion burns on in us and this is for them.”