"Behind the Candelabra" has scored eight awards at the Creative Arts Emmys. It has won for casting, costumes, art-direction, hairstyling, sound-mixing, picture editing, make-up and cinematography.
Michael Douglas received rave reviews for his portrayal of Liberace. (HBO)
Starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, this HBO's original mini-series will be competing for seven Primetime Emmy awards on Sunday. It has earned Emmy nominations for direction, writing, supporting actor, lead actor and top miniseries-movie. . Both Douglas and Damon have been nominated for the outstanding lead actor in a miniseries category.
Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh, "Behind the Candelabra" is a biopic of Liberace, an American pianist and vocalist. Douglas portrays the role of the "outrageous," flamboyant, secretly gay pianist, while Damon plays Scott Thorson. Thorson had a secret relationship with Liberace and he later filed a lawsuit against him.
The mini-series is based on Thorson's tell-all autobiography. Oscar nominee Richard LaGravenese has written the script of "Behind the Candelabra."
"Before Elvis, before Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga, there was Liberace: virtuoso pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of stage and television. A name synonymous with showmanship, extravagance and candelabras, he was a world-renowned performer with a flair that endeared him to his audiences and created a loyal fan base spanning his 40-year career. Liberace lived lavishly and embraced a lifestyle of excess both on and off stage. In summer 1977, handsome young stranger Scott Thorson walked into his dressing room and, despite their age difference and seemingly different worlds, the two embarked on a secretive five-year love affair. BEHIND THE CANDELABRA takes a behind-the-scenes look at their tempestuous relationship - from their first meeting backstage at the Las Vegas Hilton to their bitter and public break-up."
Michael Doulas said in an interview with HBO that Liberace was "a kind of a phenomenon."
"And, like a lot of men who like young blonde girls, Lee (Liberace) loved young blonde guys. And so the love affair between Lee and Scott (Thorson, Liberace's lover) was all written there, in the script," the Academy award winning actor said.
The 65TH Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 22 September, 2013.
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