Somewhere Liberace is tinkling the ivories a little bit more buoyantly.
HBO’s Behind the Candelabra won three Emmy Awards for best miniseries or movie, outstanding director for Steven Soderbergh and lead actor honors for Michael Douglas, who played the flamboyant piano superstar.
“I hope all the people that deserve to be thanked will understand if I say that no matter what we all did, and no matter how well we did it, and no matter how much support we got, if Michael and Matt (Damon) don’t show up with those performances, we don’t have a movie,” Soderbergh said.
In his acceptance speech, Douglas thanked his co-star, fellow nominee Matt Damon.
“You’re magnificent,” he said to Damon, “and the only reason I’m standing here is because of you so you really deserve half of this, so do you want the bottom or the top? The top? I figured that.”
“Matt, I’ve known him for awhile,” Douglas told journos in the media room. “I’ve admired him from early on, with ‘Good Will Hunting,’ and he did ‘Oceans 12’ with my wife. We spent a lot of time together then. He’s the kind of guy I like — no B.S., great work ethic…I said to him, ‘You looked at the script, right?’ and he said ‘Yep,’ and I said, ‘Let’s go!’
Best moment of the Emmys 1. They Like Mike
Best received speech hands down was Michael Douglas, who had the room in stitches. No one more so, however, than co-star Matt Damon, who also cheered the loudest when Michael won, smiling ear to ear the whole time.