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Ryan Murphy dedicates Normal Heart Emmy to “artists who have passed from HIV/AIDS”

“This is for all of the hundreds of thousands of artists who have passed from HIV/AIDS since 1981. Your memory and your passion burns on in us.

Ryan Murphy's Acceptance Speech - Credit: NBC/YouTube

Ryan Murphy’s Acceptance Speech – Credit: NBC/YouTube

— Ryan Murphy, accepting the Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie for The Normal Heart. The director called out the play’s author, who, although noticeably frail, gleefully took the stage with the rest of the HBO-produced movie’s cast and producers. “We’re only here because of one person, and that’s Mr. Larry Kramer,” said Murphy. “We did this for him.” Murphy then asked for “young people watching to become Larry Kramers, to find a cause you believe in, that you will fight for, that you will die for.”

Source: NBC/The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

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