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  • VanHeflin
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    It is Brokeback Mountain all over again. At least the Best Movie made for TV committee were hate-free.

    They’ll award an offensive mockery of homosexuality like Behind the Candelabra but not Normal Heart?

    Bomer probably would have been the first out gay actor to win for a gay role.  

    and for Sherlock? They never award that. Why now suddenly? 

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    Well, I think Sherlock deserves all its 7 wins, it should have won best TV movie too, I enjoy it way more than The Normal Heart. Everything about Sherlock was so clever: directing, acting, music, the technical aspects, especially the writing, well done Moffat.

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    Only one series has ever gone 7/7. I forget what the subject matter was…

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    Icky
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    That’s why Angels in America swept a few years ago? This is hardly a ‘Brokeback’ scenario. 

    Dallas Buyer’s Club being an Oscar winning movie this year with an AIDS theme and a movie with gay characters as its lead winning big at last year’s Emmys likely led to voters wanting to avoid redundancy. I also suspect Murphy’s divisive reputation in the industry cost it some votes. And finally, the movie just wasn’t that well liked. It still won the “big prize”, though that was likely due to weak competition. 

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    Behind the Candelabra >>> The Normal Heart. Just sayin’.  I mean, it’s a seriously great story and the subject matter is fascinating, but it’s directed like an episode of Glee and took all the seriousness out of it. Sherlock deserved it. It wasn’t a matter of which had a more important message it was a metter of whether or not the Emmys liked it. Let’s not pretend The Normal Heart was a undeniable frontrunner either.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    Why can’t it just be that The Normal Heart is just pretty bad? Why must everything be an “issue”. The movie sucked.

    Gay things still happened, gay winners still happened (for the fourth time one of them) and The Normal Heart still won tv movie. And Candelabra and Angels in America, for example.

    I’m sorry but this looks like a Bomer fanboy thread. 

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    Tye-Grr
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    Well, I think Sherlock deserves all its 7 wins, it should have won best TV movie too, I enjoy it way more than The Normal Heart. Everything about Sherlock was so clever: directing, acting, music, the technical aspects, especially the writing, well done Moffat.

    This.

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    Muted enthusiasm for “The Normal Heart” doesn’t mean they hate gays. They gave it so many nominations and some of them were for gay people like Ryan Murphy, Larry Kramer, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Joe Mantello.

    It’s not just about the subject matter. Execution counts as well. And the execution of “The Normal Heart” led to a mixed response, especially because of Murphy’s directing style.

    If they hated gays, it wouldn’t have won for Made for Television Movie. The subject matter obviously helped it when they looked at the whole instead of specific elements where it lost so much to “Sherlock” (writing, picture editing, acting, cinematography).

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    Oh please, this is just another “Bomer should’ve won” thread. Get over it. He’s completely overrated.

    Why can’t it just be that they preferred Sherlock?

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    Sherlock script was NOT better than Normal Heart. You can take everything away from TNH, but no the screenplay.

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    imo Matt Bomer and Larry Kramer should win best supp actor and screenplay and not the normal heart winning best tv movie 

    cant believe bomer lost 

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    Djoko
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    The Normal Heart was an awful tv movie. Ryan Murphy is an awful director. Anything else deserved to win over it.

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    Ryan Lapierre
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    I really am still shocked. I’m glad Freeman won but still that was as shock. And then it still beats Sherlock after winning nothing. Weird night.

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    I blame Dallas Buyers Club for The Normal Heart not sweeping as expected since it came out first. Shame too because I thought The Normal Heart was a MUCH better film.

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    Matt Bomer should have won easily. Argubly Julia Roberts too, though Allison Tolman would have been a cool win. Not surprised about Ryan Murphy losing, but Larry Kramer’s loss was surprising. I’d agree that “The Normal Heart” should have been treated better than this by Emmy voters, but at least it managed Made for Television Film. I’m not going there with the “they hate the gheys!” rationale b/c of these losses. That’s a very slippery slope, and let’s not forget that Ryan Murphy did win as a producer for “The Normal Heart.” They could have fairly easily rewarded “Sherlock: His Last Vow” there instead in hindsight. These panels were just very pro-“Sherlock.” Other panels could have thought much differently.

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