Emmys 2013: ‘Behind the Candelabra’ wins best miniseries or movie

Michael Douglas, from left, and Matt Damon.
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“Behind the Candelabra” won the Emmy on Sunday for miniseries or movie. It was the clear front-runner and many Emmy watchers predicted the win.

The glittery HBO Liberace biopic, which debuted to an impressive 2.4 million viewers in May, was directed by Steven Soderbergh and based on Scott Thorson’s memoir, “Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace.” The plot pivots on the last decade of the famous pianist Liberace’s life and his secret affair with his much younger “assistant,” Thorson.

“Behind the Candelabra” premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and competed for the coveted Palme d’Or. It stars Matt Damon as Thorson and Michael Douglas as Liberace. The power duo delivered performances that garnered enthusiastic critical responses across the board. Audiences too were riveted by the juicy drama, which became the highest-rated TV film in nearly a decade.

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Competition in the miniseries or movie category included “The Bible” (History), “Top of the Lake” (Sundance Channel), “American Horror Story: Asylum” (FX), “Phil Spector” (HBO) and “Political Animals” (USA).


Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards are being held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and the show is airing live on CBS.