The “American Horror Story” creator will be feted with the Award of Inspiration, in recognition of his achievement in film and television and his commitment to the fight against AIDS. Among his many projects, Murphy also exec produced HBO’s “The Normal Heart,” an adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play depicting the AIDS crisis in 1980s New York.
“Everything about it was very personal for me,” he told Variety about making the movie. “I had lost a lot of friends growing up. I was of the generation that was coming of age when AIDS struck, so I also felt it was such a seminal piece of work that I wanted to get it right.”
Gwyneth Paltrow will be back to host the benefit, which raises money for AIDS research. The black-tie gala also includes a men’s fashion show, auction and live entertainment. Last year, Paltrow surprised the crowd, bringing up Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland to perform.
The event chairs are Aileen Getty, Kevin Huvane and amfAR chairman Kenneth Cole. Many of Murphy’s collaborators from “AHS,” “Glee,” “Scream Queens” and “The Normal Heart” are also co-chairing the gala, including Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, Kathy Bates, Matt Bomer, Simon Halls, Darren Criss, Jamie Lee Curtis, Brad Falchuk, Lady Gaga, Lea Michele, Sarah Paulson, Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo.
To date, the Inspiration series has raised more than $20 million for amfAR.