At the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013, it was "Behind the Candelabra" night in the miniseries category. The HBO miniseries bagged three Emmy awards, including for the outstanding miniseries, outstanding actor in a miniseries and outstanding direction in a miniseries.
Michael Douglas Wins Emmy for 'Behind the Candelabra'
Directed by Academy Award winning director, Steven Soderbergh, "Behind the Candelabra" won the top honours for the best movie (miniseries) on T.V. Michael Douglas won the best actor, while Soderbgergh bagged the Emmy for outstanding direction of a T.V. film.
Douglas, 68, beat his co-actor Matt Damon, 42, to win the award for the outstanding actor in a miniseries. "Matt, you're only as good... as your other half...This is a two-hander and Matt, you're only as good as your other hand. Matt, you deserve half of this. You want the bottom or the top?" Douglas said.
"I wanna thank my wife, Catherine, for her support," Douglas said. "Shout out to my oldest son, Cameron, and hoping that I'll be able and they'll allow me to see him soon."
Earlier, "Behind the Candelabra" had scored eight awards at the Creative Arts Emmys. It won for casting, costumes, art-direction, hairstyling, sound-mixing, picture editing, make-up and cinematography.
The HBO miniseries is based on Thorson's tell-all autobiography. Oscar nominee Richard LaGravenese has written the script of "Behind the Candelabra."
"Behind the Candelabra" is a biopic of Liberace, an American pianist and vocalist. Douglas portrays the role of the "outrageous," flamboyant, secretly gay pianis. Damon plays Scott Thorson who had a secret relationship with Liberace. Later, Thorson had filed a lawsuit against Liberace.
According to HBO's synopsis:
"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."
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