Julia Roberts and Danny Moder pick up humanitarian award

As if 11 Emmy nods wasn’t enough.

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Julia Roberts and her husband, Danny Moder, are set to be honored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network for their teamwork on the HBO movie, The Normal Heart, People reports.

Roberts starred in the film, while Moder worked as director of photography. The movie, based on Larry Kramer’s 1985 play about the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, is up for 11 Emmy Awards after receiving rave reviews from critics.

Since 1990, GLSEN has promoted LGBT awareness and safe schools through national campaigns like the GLSEN Day of Silence and No Name-Calling Week, both of which have been used in tens of thousands of classrooms nationwide. Roberts is a longtime GLSEN supporter — last year, she donated a “Lunch with Julia Roberts” to an online auction and netted $40,000 for the organization.

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The GLSEN is awarding the duo its Humanitarian Award for their work on the film, which raised awareness of HIV, as well as their efforts with other global charities, like UNICEF, Heal the Bay and Stand Up to Cancer.

“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,” GLSEN said in a statement Tuesday.

The award will be handed over at the 10th annual GLSEN Respect Awards on Oct. 17 in Los Angeles. Also being honored are NBC executive, Robert Greenblatt, and Dancing with the Stars pro, Derek Hough.

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“In the end, what this is all about, all of the work, all of the glamour… is changing the experience of young people in schools from coast to coast, and supporting the student activists who are right alongside all of us, fighting these battles in their school every day,” GLSEN executive director, Eliza Byard, told the Hollywood Reporter, calling the award winners “the stars among stars.”


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