Julia Roberts will be receiving an award from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Educational Network (GLSEN) for The Normal Heart, a TV film based on the 1985 play of the same name that depicts the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 80s. The actress received the award alongside husband Danny Moder, who was the director of photography for the film.
The couple was honored with the GLSEN Humanitarian award for raising awareness on HIV on the film. Roberts and Moder were also awarded for their off-screen charity efforts with UNICEF, Heal the Bay and Stand Up To Cancer. On Tuesday, the LGBT association released a statement praising Julia Roberts and her husband for their efforts in raising awareness for the disease:
“We are proud to recognize Danny Moder & Julia Roberts, whose inspiring work on HBO’s The Normal Heart has brought renewed attention to an important movement – and an on-going crisis – in LGBT and American history.”
Julia Roberts and her husband will officially receive the award on October 17 in Los Angeles. According to People, NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt will also be honored alongside Julia and Danny. A recent Inquisitr report also revealed that Dancing With The Stars Derek Hough is also set to receive an award from the organization.
GLSEN, founded in 1990, has been actively campaigning to end bullying and harassment of LGBT people in schools. Having headquarters in major cities like New York and Washington D.C., the foundation has been successful in encouraging people, stars and fans alike, to support the campaign against LGBT harassment and discrimination.
Despite Julia Roberts and Danny Moder both receiving the award for the same project, rumors about the two’s relationship have surfaced on the internet recently, with some reports hinting at an alleged divorce. The National Enquirer reported earlier this year that the two were allegedly at the brink of divorce due to cheating accusations on Julia’s part. The stories detail how Roberts reportedly cheated on Moder with actor Mark Rufallo, but none of the stories have actually been confirmed by official sources.
In other news, Emmy fans have placed their bets on who will take home the coveted award. Although many are optimistic that Julia Roberts will receive the award for her performance in The Normal Heart, E Online believes that the trophy will go to a significantly less-popular actress. Alison Tollman, who played cop Molly Solverson on Fargo.
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