Ruffalo calls Oscar nom a win for equality

“The Kids Are All Right,” out director Lisa Cholodenko’s comedy about a lesbian couple raising two children, received four Academy Award nominations, including a nod for best picture. Actor Mark Ruffalo, a best supporting actor nominee for his role as the children’s sperm donor, called his honor “a win for marriage equality.”

“It is with great honor and humility that I receive my Oscar nomination,” Ruffalo said in a prepared statement. “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.”

Ruffalo is also set to star in the long-awaited film adaptation of “The Normal Heart,” Larry Kramer’s play about the early days of the AIDS epidemic. “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy is attached to the project and Kramer has written the screenplay adaptation.

Cholodenko also released a statement following the Oscar announcements. She lamented the omission of a nod for Julianne Moore, who played Bening’s partner in the film.

“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,” Cholodenko said. “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.”