Michael Douglas in his Emmy-winning role as Liberace. (File photo courtesy HBO)
As has come to be fairly usual, gays scored big Sunday night at the Emmys.Â Hit comedy show “Modern Family,” featuring a gay couple as just one more clan in the bunch, won its fourth consecutive win for best comedy series and also scored an Emmy for best directing.
And HBO’s uber-gay “Behind the Candelabra,” the Steven Soderbergh-helmed Liberace biopic, won three awards: best miniseries or movie, outstanding director and lead actor for Michael Douglas, who played the gay entertainer with Matt Damon as his young lover. Elton John sang a song dedicated to Liberace at the ceremony.
“Breaking Bad” won best drama. Ubiquitous gay actor Neil Patrick Harris hosted.Â USA Today has a recap here. All the winners are listed here.
Michael Douglas and Matt Damon star as Liberace and his younger lover in a new HBO film premiering this weekend. (Photo courtesy HBO)
LOS ANGELES â âBehind the Candelabra,â a new film chronicling the relationship between iconic entertainer Liberace and his lover Scott Thorson premieres Sunday on HBO.
Liberace was 40 years older than Thorson when they began their five-year relationship in 1977. Michael Douglas portrays Liberace and Matt Damon plays Thorson. The film has generated considerable buzz and media attention over the past few weeks. Director Steven Soderbergh has said he couldnât find a major American studio willing to take on the project.
“There was a sense,” Soderbergh told NPR, “that the movie wouldn’t have any appeal outside of a gay audience, and that that audience wouldn’t be big enough to return the investment. And so we just couldn’t get anybody to do it.”
Michael Douglas as Liberace. (Still courtesy HBO)
HBO’s Steven Soderbergh-helmed Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra” debuted Sunday night at 9 p.m. with Michael Douglas earning strong reviews in the title role and Matt Damon playing boy toy Scott Thorson.
The film has inspired a host of articles on the two. Thorson, whose memoir the movie is based on, is in jail and was profiled about two weeks ago in the New York Times. Read the story here.
And USA Today just ran a strong assessment of the singer’s life by interviewing several people who knew him.
Liberace died of AIDS in 1987.
Several gay actors and shows are among this year’s Emmy nominees announced this morning.
(Image courtesy Academy of Television Arts & Sciences)
Among them are:
â˘ “Modern Family” for comedy series
â˘ Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”) for supporting actor/comedy
â˘ Jane Lynch (“Glee”) for supporting actress/comedy
â˘ Michael Douglas (straight but nominated for playing Liberace in “Behind the Candelabra”) for lead actor in a miniseries or movie
â˘ Matt Damon (also straight but playing gay in “Candelabra”) in the same category
â˘ “Behind the Candelabra” for miniseries/movie
â˘ Zachary Quinto (“American Horror Story: Asylum”) for supporting actor miniseries/movie
The 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sept. 22 on CBS with ubiquitous gay host Neil Patrick Harris hosting. Harris also helped announce the nominees this morning. Go here
for a full list of nominees.
Matt Damon, who will play the longtime lover of flamboyant musician Liberace, played by Michael Douglas. (Photo by Miguel Angel Azua Garcia via wikimedia commons)
According to the Academy Award winning director of the upcoming Liberace biopic, “Behind the Candelabra,” Hollywood still isn’t ready for this kind of love story.
Discussing the film with the New York Post Friday, Steven Soderbergh said that though he intended the film about the flamboyant musician played by Michael Douglas and his longtime lover, played by Matt Damon for theatrical release, it will be released on cable network HBO instead because studios were hesitant to take on the project.
âNobody would make it,â Soderbergh told The Post. âWe went to everybody in town. They all said it was too gay.â
âAnd this is after âBrokeback Mountain,â by the way, which is not as funny as this movie. I was stunned. It made no sense to any of us.â