HBO's "Behind the Candleabra" won 11 Emmy Awards at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards presented on Sun., Sept. 22, 2013. The Emmy Awards were presented in Los Angeles and televised live on CBS Television Network.
"Behind the Candelabra" won the most awards of any show at the Emmy Awards on Sun. night. The top honors included: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie; Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Michael Douglas for his portrayal of Liberace and Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special for director Steven Soderbergh.
The televised movie was about the life of flamboyant pianist Liberace and his love affair with Scott Thorsen, a role played by Matt Damon, who was also nominated in the Lead Actor category.
Douglas credited co-star Matt Damon for the win and offered to share the award during his acceptance speech. Douglas said, "This is a two hander...and Matt, you're only as good as your other hand. You're magnificent, and the only reason I'm standing here is because of you. You really deserve half of this. So … you want the bottom or the top?"
Douglas struck a more serious note as he thanked his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, who was not at the awards ceremony. The couple recently announced a temporary separation and are reportedly taking a break from their marriage.
The actor also acknowledged his children and singled out his oldest son Cameron, who is currently imprisoned for drug charges. Douglas said, "And a shout-out to my oldest son Cameron, but hopefully I'll be able to see him soon."
Douglas also thanked director Steven Soderbergh, who won an Emmy for Outstanding Direction.
Nominees in the Actor category also included Matt Damon ("Behind the Candelabra"), Benedict Cumberbatch ("Parade's End"), Al Pacino (HBO's Phil Spector") and Toby Jones ("The Girl").
Nominees in the Miniseries or Movie category included "American Horror Story" (FX); "Phil Spector" (HBO); "Political Animals" (USA); "The Bible" (History Channel); and "Top of the Lake" (Sundance Channel).
In addition to the wins listed above, the bio-pic won for Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie; Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special; Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special; Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie; Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or a Movie (Non-Prosthetic); Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special; Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie; and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie.