A new teaser trailer for HBO's 'The Normal Heart' was officially released yesterday, and it confirms what everyone was already thinking: that this movie will win ALL the awards come the Emmys next year. It looks and feels perfect, and perfectly honors the play while standing on its own two feet. Plus, the pedigree of the people involved says quite a lot about the power of the story.
Even though it reportedly took several decades to get this film into production, HBO fast tracked the project a couple of years ago, with a stellar cast attached. Ryan Murphy directed the movie, and in addition to Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo starring in the film, it also features Taylor Kitsch, Matt Bomer, and Jim Parsons.
Although there are rumors that the film is supposedly headed to the Cannes Film Festival [likely], the new trailer suggests that the film's promotion is starting to kick into high gear. However, we can't help but think ahead to the next award seasons, where barring any unforseen catastrophe, the Normal Heart will be one of the top contenders for best television movie. After all, it has all the hallmarks of being an awards season darling: based on an acclaimed play by Larry Kramer, focusing on the HIV/AIDS crisis in the early 80s, and starring powerful performances from famous actors.
While Mark Ruffalo looks like a surefire lock for a nomination [and win], there is also a lot of buzz surrounding Julia Roberts' performance. She plays Emma Brookner in the film, and those familiar with the play will know that her role carries a lot of weight in the story. But will Julia pull off another awards-worthy performance, right after her Oscar-nominated turn in August: Osage County?