According to many Emmy voters, Jesus just isn’t fabulous enough for their tastes.
In a surprise to almost no one, the 2013 Emmy Awards snubbed The Bible miniseries, awarding the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie instead to Behind the Candelabra, the story of entertainer Liberace’s gay affair with a much younger man. Michael Douglas played Liberace, and Matt Damon played Scott Thorson, Liberace's lover.
Fans of the Biblical epic will have to be consoled by the fact that the miniseries was even nominated at all. The other nominees in the category - American Horror Story: Asylum, Phil Spector, Political Animals, and Top of the Lake - were hardly Sunday School material. The Bible was produced by Mark Burnett, the creator of the reality show Survivor, and was a ratings hit for The History Channel this year. It covered major stories from both the Old and New Testaments, including the life of Jesus.
TV fans may be wondering why Behind the Candelabra won at all. Nearly every other nominee, especially American Horror Story and Phil Spector, were superior productions overall. However, Behind the Candelabra had the buzz going in to the ceremony, as many celebrated the fact that famous ladies man Michael Douglas gave what was described as a “brave” performance of the gay icon. The film did not back away from the salacious details of Liberace’s life, including depictions of gay sex. Michael Douglas also took home an Emmy for his performance, giving an acceptance speech filled with sexual innuendo. Director Steven Soderbergh won an Emmy as well, for Outstanding Direction of a Miniseries or Movie.
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