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Annette Bening and Julianne Moore play lesbian moms in 'The Kids Are All Right,' which earned four Oscar nods for the 2011 Academy Awards - Actor in a Supporting Role for Mark Ruffalo, who plays the sperm donor of the mothers' two children, Actress in a Leading Role for Bening, Writing (Original Screenplay) and Best Picture.
'It is with great honor and humility that I receive my Oscar nomination,' Ruffalo said in a 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,' he added. 'Thank you to the Academy. This nomination is a win for Marriage Equality and that is the most I could hope for.'
This is the first Academy Award nomination for Ruffalo, who has also starred in movies such as '13 Going on 30' and 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' in 2004 and plays Bruce Banner, aka the Incredible Hulk, in the new 'Avengers' film.
(Pictured: Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore appear in a scene from the 2010 movie 'The Kids Are All Right.')
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