Normal (2003 film)

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Normal
Normal FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Jane Anderson
Produced by Thomas J. Busch
Cary Brokaw
Lydia Dean Pilcher
Written by Jane Anderson
Starring Jessica Lange
Tom Wilkinson
Music by Alex Wurman
Cinematography Alar Kivilo
Edited by Lisa Fruchtman
Distributed by HBO Films
Release dates
  • January 21, 2003 (2003-01-21) (Sundance)
Running time 110 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Normal is a 2002 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, Online Film & Television Association Awards and Satellite Awards.

Year Association Category Nominee Result
2003 Primetime Emmy Awards[1] Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Tom Wilkinson Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Jessica Lange Nominated
Outstanding Made for Television Movie Normal Nominated
Outstanding Main Title Design Antoine Tinguely, Jasmine Jodry, Jakob Trollbeck, Laurent Fauchere Nominated
Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Hallie D'Amore, Linda Melazzo, Dorothy J. Pearl Won
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special Jane Anderson Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Awards[2] Best Motion Picture Made for Television Normal Nominated
Best Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Tom Wilkinson Nominated
Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Jessica Lange Nominated
Best Writing of a Motion Picture or Miniseries Jane Anderson Nominated
Best Makeup/Hairstyling in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Normal Nominated
2004 Directors Guild of America[3] Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movie for Television Jane Anderson Nominated
GLAAD Media Awards[4] Outstanding Television Movie or Miniseries Normal Nominated
Golden Globe Awards[5] Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Tom Wilkinson Nominated
Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Jessica Lange Nominated
Best Miniseries or Television Film Normal Nominated
Gracie Allen Awards[6] Best Female Lead – Dramatic Special Jessica Lange Won
Satellite Awards[7] Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Tom Wilkinson Nominated
Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Jessica Lange Nominated
Best Miniseries or Television Film Normal Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards (2003)". IMDb. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ "TV Awards - 2002/2003 (7th Awards)". Online Film & Television Association. OFTA. ofta.cinemasight.com. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Directors Guild of America, USA (2004)". IMDb. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ "GLAAD Media Awards (2004)". IMDb. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Golden Globes, USA (2004)". IMDb. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Gracie Allen Awards (2004)". IMDb. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Satellite Awards (2004)". IMDb. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 

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