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Michael Douglas appears as Liberace and Matt Damon appears as his lover, Scott Thorson, in the HBO film Behind the Candelabra. The movie premiered on May 26, 2013. - Provided courtesy of Claudette Barius / HBO

Emmys 2013: 'Behind The Candelabra' wins Best Miniseries or Movie

09/22/2013 by Joseph Apodaca

The HBO film "Behind The Candelabra" won the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie for the story of famed American pianist and vocalist Liberace.

"Behind The Candelabra" faced steep competition in the category, going against FX's "American Horror Story: Asylum," History's "The Bible," USA's "Political Animals," Sundance Channel's "Top Of The Lake" and HBO's "Phil Spector" for the award. Its stars, Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, were both nominated for their roles in the film in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie category.

The film focused on Liberace's life as a performer and his private life as a much older lover to Scott Thorson, whose relationship with the star was kept out of the public eye. Liberace subjected Scott to much physical and emotion turmoil, including having him undergo numerous plastic surgery procedures to fit his liking. Scott is eventually replaced by a new lover and pursues legal action against Liberace for lost time.

"Behind The Candelabra" was nominated for a total of 15 Emmys.

Check out a full list of 2013 Emmy winners.

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