Mark Ruffalo Makes Impassioned Speech About the Importance of Voting During 2020 Emmys
By John Boone
Playing two people has earned Mark Ruffalo his first acting Emmy. During Sunday's primetime ceremony, he won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for playing twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey in HBO's family saga, I Know This Much Is True.
"[Our story] asks a big question, how are we going to deal and honor and take care of each other and our most vulnerable people?" Ruffalo said during his remote acceptance speech. "And we do that with love, and we do that with compassion, and by fighting for them. And that is what we have to do today. We have to come together with love, for each other. And if you have privilege, you have to fight for those who are less fortunate, and more vulnerable."
"And that is what a great about America, our diversity. One thing I've learned from my wife and children, we're stronger together when we love each other and we respect each other's diversity," he continued. "And so we have a big, important moment ahead of us. Are we going to be a country of division and hatred, a country only for certain kind of people, or are we going to be one of love, strength, and fighting for all of us, who have the American dream and the pursuit of life, liberty, love, and happiness, in this great country of ours.
"That's what we're facing right now. So go out and vote, make a plan, and vote for love and compassion and kindness. I love you all. Thank you so much," he concluded.
Ruffalo's fellow Lead Actor nominees included Watchmen's Jeremy Irons, Bad Education's Hugh Jackman, Normal People's Paul Mescal and Hollywood's Jeremy Pope. "To be with these guys, Paul and Hugh and Jeremy and Jeremy, it's such an honor. Such beautiful performers this year and beautiful people," Ruffalo said.
Though this marks Ruffalo's first win as an actor, he took home an Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie as an executive producer of The Normal Heart in 2014.