The 2013 Emmy Awards are upon us and the best television has to offer have been honored. Even though most people may be watching Breaking Bad or the series finale of Dexter, not to mention the Sunday Night Football game between the Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers, the Emmy Award winners are being crowned and the festivities have moved on to the Drama categories.
Steven Soderbergh has told of how hard it was to make and find distribution for Behind the Candelabra but when it found a home on HBO it stunned and awed everyone who saw it. One of the reasons for that was the amazing performance by Micheal Douglas who portrayed Liberace.
Douglas collected the Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role, and it’s a win that now has many critics and fans alike wondering what would have happened if a film studio would have stepped up to distribute the film.
Because no studio wanted to distribute the film theatrically, behind the Candelabra isn’t eligible for the Academy Awards, but Douglas’ turn as Liberace was one that many believed could have garnered the actor an Oscar nomination.
The Emmy win was certainly well deserved and now raises a ton of questions about what would have happened to Douglas and a possible Oscar nomination had the film hit theaters. Judging from the praise the film got at the Emmys, it’s safe to say that it at least outclassed everything it stood up against on television.