Normal (2003 film)

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Normal
Normal FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byJane Anderson
Produced byThomas J. Busch
Cary Brokaw
Lydia Dean Pilcher
Written byJane Anderson
StarringJessica Lange
Tom Wilkinson
Music byAlex Wurman
CinematographyAlar Kivilo
Editing byLisa Fruchtman
Distributed byHBO Films
Release dates
  • January 21, 2003 (2003-01-21) (Sundance)
Running time110 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
 
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Normal
Normal FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byJane Anderson
Produced byThomas J. Busch
Cary Brokaw
Lydia Dean Pilcher
Written byJane Anderson
StarringJessica Lange
Tom Wilkinson
Music byAlex Wurman
CinematographyAlar Kivilo
Editing byLisa Fruchtman
Distributed byHBO Films
Release dates
  • January 21, 2003 (2003-01-21) (Sundance)
Running time110 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Normal is a 2003 drama film produced by HBO Films, which became an official selection at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. Jane Anderson, the film's writer and director, adapted her own play, Looking for Normal. The film is about the gender transition of Ruth Applewood, a transsexual woman who had been living as a man for 25 years of marriage. A Midwestern factory worker, Applewood (then going by "Roy") stuns her wife of 25 years by saying she wishes to undergo sex reassignment surgery and transition to living as a woman. The film was praised by most critics,[who?] and was nominated for numerous awards.

Plot[edit]

Applewood (Tom Wilkinson), after fainting on the night of her 25th marriage anniversary, shocks her wife Irma (Jessica Lange) by revealing that she suffers from gender identity disorder and plans to transition into living as a woman and be renamed Ruth. While Ruth tries to keep the family together, Irma's initial reaction is to separate from her. Patty Ann (Hayden Panettiere), their daughter, is more accepting, but Wayne (Joe Sikora), their son, struggles with the transition.

Ruth faces ostracism at church and at work. She finds understanding from her boss but not from her minister. In the end, Irma discovers that love transcends gender and the family survives.

Cast[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Normal was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, won one Primetime Emmy Award and was nominated for another five.

Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson both received acting nominations for the Golden Globes, Primetime Emmy's, and Satellite Awards.

YearAssociationCategoryNomineeResult
2003Primetime Emmy Awards[1]Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieTom WilkinsonNominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieJessica LangeNominated
Outstanding Made for Television MovieNormalNominated
Outstanding Main Title DesignAntoine Tinguely, Jasmine Jodry, Jakob Trollbeck, Laurent FauchereNominated
Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries, Movie or a SpecialHallie D'Amore, Linda Melazzo, Dorothy J. PearlWon
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic SpecialJane AndersonNominated
2004Directors Guild of America[2]Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movie for TelevisionJane AndersonNominated
GLAAD Media Awards[3]Outstanding Television Movie or MiniseriesNormalNominated
Golden Globe Awards[4]Best Actor – Miniseries or Television FilmTom WilkinsonNominated
Best Actress – Miniseries or Television FilmJessica LangeNominated
Best Miniseries or Television FilmNormalNominated
Gracie Allen Awards[5]Best Female Lead – Dramatic SpecialJessica LangeWon
Satellite Awards[6]Best Actor – Miniseries or Television FilmTom WilkinsonNominated
Best Actress – Miniseries or Television FilmJessica LangeNominated
Best Miniseries or Television FilmNormalNominated

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards (2003)". IMDb. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Directors Guild of America, USA (2004)". IMDb. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ "GLAAD Media Awards (2004)". IMDb. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Golden Globes, USA (2004)". IMDb. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Gracie Allen Awards (2004)". IMDb. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Satellite Awards (2004)". IMDb. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 

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