Friday, July 16, 2010
Angels in America is 6 chapters miniseries (total runtime 352 minutes) adapted from Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize winning play, and directed by Mike Nichols. Kushner adapt his own original text for the screen, in which HBO broadcast the film in various formats.
The first three chapters of Angels in America ("Bad News", "In Vitro" and "The Messenger") were initially broadcast on December 7, 2003, followed by the next, final three chapters ("Stop Moving!", "Beyond Nelly" and "Heaven, I'm in Heaven").
Angels in America won 5 Golden Globes. Al Pacino won Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV movie, for his performance in the film. Another Golden Globe winning including Best Miniseries or Made for TV Movie, Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie (Meryl Streep), Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Movie (Jeffrey Wright), and Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Movie (Mary-Louise Parker). The film also broke the record previously held by Roots for the most Emmys awarded to a program in a single year, winning 11 awards from 21 nominations. The record was broken four years later by John Adams.
Angels in America was the most watched made-for-cable movie in 2003. The first episode drew 4.2 million viewers. It also garnering much critical acclaim. The New York Times wrote that "Mike Nichols's television version is a work of art in itself."
The film's core story of the spreading AIDS epidemic and a rapidly changing social and political climate make it listed among best of the filmed AIDS portrayals.
The shooting for Angels in America was done at Kaufman Astoria Studios, New York City, Bethesda Fountain (Central Park), Hadrian's Villa, and the Roman archaeological complex at Tivoli, Italy.