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Broadway Favorites The Normal Heart and The Trip to Bountiful Will Go Head-to-Head at This Year's Emmys

Check out the list of theater stars whose television appearances from the past year made the cut. logo
Mark Ruffalo and Taylor Kitsch in HBO's production of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Best Television Movie. Ruffalo also received a nod for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.
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Nominations for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning, July 10, by Carson Daly (The Voice) and Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project). Talk show host and veteran Saturday Night Live player Seth Myers will host the 66th annual Emmys telecast, set for August 25 on NBC.

This year's list of Emmy nominees was jam-packed with Broadway and theater stars.

In the drama acting categories, 2014 Tony winner Bryan Cranston (All the Way) picked up another nod for his final season as meth dealer Walter White on Breaking Bad, along with fellow Tony winner Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) and Tony nominee Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom). Broadway veterans Julianna Margulies (Festen), Kerry Washington (Race), and Claire Danes (Pygmalion) will go up against one another in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category for The Good Wife, Scandal, and Homeland, respectively. Anna Gunn, currently starring off-Broadway in Sex With Strangers received a supporting nod for her work alongside Cranston in Breaking Bad.

Two noted dramas that recently saw Broadway revivals, Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart and Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful, will go head-to-head in the Best Television Movie category, with their respective stars, Mark Ruffalo and Cicely Tyson, nominated in the Best Actor and Actress in a Miniseries or Movie categories. Ruffalo is up against stage veterans including Benedict Cumberbatch (Frankenstein) and Martin Freeman (Richard III), while Tyson's name was read along with Jessica Lange's and Sarah Paulson's, both for American Horror Story: Coven. Ryan Murphy's screen adaptation of The Normal Heart saw a slew of nominees for its performers, including Julia Roberts, Joe Mantello, Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, and Alfred Molina. Kramer also received a nod for his screenplay.

Tony winners Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tom Kitt received a nomination for music they wrote for the 2013 Tony Awards.

In additional categories, Adam Driver (Girls), Uzo Aduba (Godspell, Orange Is the New Black), and Nathan Lane (Modern Family, The Producers) all saw their names called for their comedy work.

Billy Crystal received an Emmy nod for the writing of his Tony-winning 700 Sundays, while Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine saw his name on the list of Best Director for his "variety special" Six by Sondheim. He's up against Rob Ashford and Beth McCarthy-Miller for their work on NBC's The Sound of Music Live!

Click here for a full list of Emmy nominees.


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