The Emmys 2014: Television is Still in its Awkward Stage

The New Yorker | August 26, 2014

By Sarah Larson

Toward the end of the sixty-sixth annual Emmy Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, on NBC, Julianna Margulies won for lead actress in a drama series and said, “What a wonderful time for women on television!” And she’s right—it’s the golden age of television, as we’re well aware, a time of complex, well-written roles for women as inmates, teachers, detectives, lawyers, veeps, and Targaryens...

...Julianna Margulies beamed when she announced the Emmy for best TV movie: “The Normal Heart.” Excellent. The cast, the director, Ryan Murphy, and the writer, Larry Kramer, came onstage. The crowd gave a standing ovation. Kramer, frail, bundled up in a coat and scarf, wore an ACT UP hat. He used a cane. Murphy said, “We’re only here because of one person, and that’s Mr. Larry Kramer. We did this for him.” Murphy thanked Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, “who got this movie made.” He said that it had taken thirty years to get it produced. “We’re going to use the remainder of our time to ask the young people watching to become Larry Kramers, to find a cause that you believe in to 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 who have passed from H.I.V./AIDS since 1981. Your memory and your passion burns on in us. And this is for them. Thank you.”

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