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Michael Douglas wins SAG Award for 'Behind the Candelabra'

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Actor Michael Douglas has just won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for "Behind the Candelabra" on Jan. 17, 2014, at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. The Screen Actors Guild Awards are presented by the SAG-AFTRA Guild and honors the best in television and film. Tonight’s show was simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS.

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Accepting his honor, Michael said "I've got a 97 year-old member of SAG at home who particularly proud of me tonight. But I want to thank you for letting me get out of his shadow a little bit."

He went on to thank Matt Damon for being his partner in crime. "I am not here without Matt Damon. Matt Damon had the courage to stand by when I was sick and wait another year to do his part."

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 Michael Douglas' second SAG Award win and second nomination. His previous Screen Actors Guild Award came in 2001 for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for "Traffic."

Also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries were:

  • Matt Damon for "Behind the Candelabra"
  • Rob Lowe for "Killing Kennedy"
  • Al Pacino for "Phil Spector"
  • Jeremy Irons for "The Hollow Crown"

"Behind the Candelabra" was nominated for two Screen Actors Awards this evening, including a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Matt Damon.

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