"Behind the Candelabra," the HBO movie about the turbulent love affair between Liberace and Scott Thorson, was the top winner (eight prizes) at the 2013 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which were presented in Los Angeles on Sept. 15, 2013. In the United States, FXX will televise highlights from the ceremony on Sept. 21, 2013.
"Behind the Candelabra" won in the following categories:
Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or Special
(Award winner: Carmen Cuba)
Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie
(Award winners: Howard Cummings, Patrick M. Sullivan Jr. and Barbara Munch Cameron)
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or Movie
(Award winner: Mary Ann Bernard)
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or Movie
(Award winners: Dennis Towns, Larry Blake and Thomas Vicari)
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or Movie
(Award winners: Marie Larkin, Yvette Stone, Kerrie Smith and Kay Georgiou)
Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie, or a Special
(Award winners: Kate Biscoe, Hiroshi Yada, Jamie Kelman, Stephen Kelley, Chrissie Beveridge, Todd Kleitsch and Christien Tinsley)
Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or Movie
(Award winners: Kate Biscoe, Deborah Rutherford, Deborah La Mia Denaver, Christine Beveridge and Todd Kleitsch)
Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries or Movie
(Award winners: Ellen Mirojnick and Robert Q. Mathews)
Among the 15 Emmy nominations for "Behind the Candelabra" are Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. Michael Douglas (who played Liberace) and Matt Damon (who played Thorson) are each nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie. Scott Bakula is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, for his performance as Thorson's friend Bob Black.
As previously reported, "Behind the Candelabra" was HBO's highest-rated TV movie premiere of 2013. According to Deadline, the premiere of "Behind the Candelabra" on May 26 was watched by 2.4 million U.S. viewers, which was "the most viewers an HBO original movie premiere has garnered since 2.6 million watched 'Something the Lord Made' on May 30, 2004." By contrast, the premiere of "Phil Spector" on March 24, 2013, had only 754,000 U.S. viewers.
"Behind the Candelabra" is available on demand to HBO subscribers. "Behind the Candelabra" is set for release on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download on Sept. 17, 2013. The movie was released in cinemas in some countries outside the United States.
Sept. 22, 2013 update: "Behind the Candelabra" ended up winning 11 of the 15 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. Other Emmy winners for "Behind the Candelabra" included Douglas and director Steven Soderbergh. Click here for more details.