Candelabra Wins Top Emmy Awards

By Rosser, Michael | Screen International, September 23, 2013 | Go to article overview

Candelabra Wins Top Emmy Awards


Rosser, Michael, Screen International


Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic picked up three top awards including best actor for Michael Douglas.Scroll down for full list of winners

Behind the Candelabra scored a hat-trick at the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles last night [Sept 22].

The biopic of Liberace picked up the award for Directing, Miniseries or Movie for Steven Soderbergh; Actor, Miniseries or Movie for Michael Douglas' portrayal of the flamboyant entertainer; and best Miniseries or Movie.

Accepting his first ever Emmy award, Douglas thanked his family, wife Catherine Zeta Jones and co-star Matt Damon.

The drama had been nominated for 15 Emmys, including for Damon as Liberace's lover Scott Thorson, on whose book the film is based.

Accepting the award, Douglas said of Damon: "You're magnificent. The only reason I'm standing here is because of you."

The ceremony included a performance by Sir Elton John, who paid tribute to Liberace with new song Home Again.

Behind the Candelabra received its world premiere in Cannes, where it played in competition for the Palme d'Or, and was immediately tipped for Emmy success following strong reviews. It is, however, excluded from the Academy Awards as premiered in the US on the small screen.

Director Steven Soderbergh and producer Jerry Weintraub took the project to cable network HBO after the US majors baulked at the subject matter of homosexuality, drugs and AIDS. The initial HBO broadcast on May 26 drew 2.4m viewers - the company's highest numbers in close to a decade.

In addition, Netflix's House Of Cards - one of the first digitally distributed series to earn major nominations - saw David Fincher win the Emmy for Directing, Drama Series.

The political drama stars Kevin Spacey, who lost out in the lead actor category to Jeff Daniels, who was the surprise winner for his role in The Newsroom, also beating Homeland's Damian Lewis, Mad Men's Jon Hamm and favourite Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad. …

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