Sept. 8, 1997

HBO's adaptation of Feldshuh's 'Miss Evers' Boys' is up for 12 Emmys

David Feldshuh

The critically acclaimed TV movie adaptation of Cornell University Professor David Feldshuh's 1992 Pulitzer-nominated playMiss Evers' Boys has been nominated for a dozen Emmy Awards by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Winners will be announced Sunday, Sept. 14, in Los Angeles during a ceremony to be broadcast on CBS.

Miss Evers' Boys, which premiered on HBO in February, stars Lawrence Fishburne and Alfre Woodard in the title role. The movie was produced by HBO NYC in association with Anasazi Productions.

Miss Evers' Boys tells the story of a 40-year-old government study, which began in 1932, on the effects of untreated syphilis on some 400 impoverished African-American males. The title character is an African-American public health nurse who assists doctors with the study.

"It is my hope that the Emmy nominations will stimulate future programming of this kind," said Feldshuh, professor of theater arts and artistic director of Cornell's Center for Theatre Arts, who served as a consultant on the script. "What's also gratifying is that with the nominations comes the likelihood that more people will see the film and learn about the Tuskegee Study."

Miss Evers' Boys is nominated in the following categories:

  • outstanding made-for-TV movie
  • outstanding performance by a lead actor in a miniseries or special (Fishburne)
  • outstanding performance by a lead actress in a miniseries or special (Woodard)
  • outstanding performance by a supporting actor in a miniseries or special (Obba Batanabe)
  • outstanding performance by a supporting actor in a miniseries or special (Ossie Davis)
  • outstanding choreography
  • outstanding writing for a miniseries or a special (Walter Bernstein)
  • outstanding makeup
  • outstanding single-camera editing for miniseries or special
  • outstanding casting for a miniseries or a special
  • outstanding cinematography for a miniseries or a special

In addition, Miss Evers' Boys is nominated for the President's Award, which recognizes programming that best explores social or educational issues and encourages and promotes, directly or indirectly, changes that help society become familiar with - and more effectively deal with - the situation.