Ruffalo: Oscar Nods a Win for Marriage Equality

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com January 25 2011 3:30 PM ET

Actor Mark Ruffalo has responded to news of the four Academy Award nominations for The Kids Are All Right by calling his nod "a win for Marriage Equality." The lesbian-themed dramedy received nominations for best picture, best actress for Annette Bening, best screenplay, and best supporting actor for Ruffalo.

In a full statement released to the press this afternoon, Ruffalo says, "It is with great honor and humility that I receive my Oscar nomination. I have been included with a group of top-notch actors who I respect and admire. I am humbled to be in their presence. I also would like to acknowledge the power of ensemble acting. The kind of acting that happened in this movie does not exist in a bubble. Any honor that I receive must be shared with Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Josh Hutcherson, Mia Wasikowska, the rest of the cast, and of course the inimitable Lisa Cholodenko. Thank you to the Academy. This nomination is a win for Marriage Equality and that is the most I could hope for."

Choldenko, who directed the film and cowrote its screenplay with Stuart Blumberg, also released a statement, saying, “It's incredible to think that this morning's Oscar nominations go back seven years to the fateful day Stuart Blumberg and I crossed paths in a Los Angeles coffee shop and agreed to write Kids together. If luck is preparation meeting opportunity, then that was the opportunity, hands down! I'm thrilled that I'll be at the Kodak Theatre next month with Stuart, Mark Ruffalo, Annette Bening, Jeff Levy-Hinte, and my other producers who worked so hard to get this film made. I only regret that Julianne Moore didn't get the acting nomination she so richly deserved. But the Picture nomination is as much hers as ours. We couldn't have made this film without her heart, smarts and loyalty, not to mention her outstanding performance.”

Ruffalo is attached to star in the long-anticipated film adaptation of Larry Kramer's harrowing play about the early days of the AIDS epidemic, The Normal Heart.