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Michael Douglas wins Golden Globe Award for 'Behind the Candelabra'

Actor Michael Douglas has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television for his performance in "Behind the Candelabra" on Jan. 12, 2014, at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Golden Globe Awards are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and honors the best in television and film. Tonight’s show was hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey live on NBC.

Michael Douglas stars in 'Behind the Candelabra.'
Michael Douglas stars in 'Behind the Candelabra.'Photography courtesy of HBO
Michael Douglas wins Golden Globe Award for 'Behind the Candelabra.'
Michael Douglas wins Golden Globe Award for 'Behind the Candelabra.'Photography courtesy of HBO

Looking dapper in a goatee Douglas said, "There are two people I want to acknowledge. Matt Damon, the only reason I am here and you're not is because I had more sequins. And to Steven Soderbergh."

Michael Douglas takes on the lead role as Liberace in the HBO motion picture "Behind the Candelabra." Douglas knew Liberace growing-up and had always wanted to play the piano maestro. Finally Douglas teamed with director Steven Soderbergh and HBO took on the project. Douglas has an amazing transformation into Liberace and is completely unrecognizable in look and demeanor. This is one of Douglas' best performances of his career.

This is the third Golden Globe win and ninth nomination for Michael Douglas. Douglas' previous Golden Globe Awards came in:

  • 2004 - Cecil B. DeMille Award
  • 1998 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for "Wall Street."

Also nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television were:

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor ("Dancing on the Edge")
  • Idris Elba ("Luther")
  • Al Pacino ("Phil Spector")
  • Matt Damon ("Behind the Candelabra")

"Behind the Candelabra" was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards tonight. The other nominations were for:

  • Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Matt Damon
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Rob Lowe

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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com