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Matt Damon appear in a promotional still from the HBO movie Behind The Candelabra. - Provided courtesy of Claudette Barius / HBO

Emmys 2013: Michael Douglas wins for 'Behind The Candelabra,' HBO movie

09/22/2013 by Joseph Apodaca

Michael Douglas has won the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for the HBO film "Behind The Candelabra," marking his first Emmy win and fifth career nomination.

Douglas portrayed the flamboyant American vocalist and pianist Liberace in the HBO film alongside Matt Damon, who was also nominated in the same category, along with Toby Jones for HBO's "The Girl," Benedict Cumberbatch for HBO's "Parade's End" and Al Pacino for HBO's "Phil Spector."

"Behind The Candelabra" also won Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.

"Behind The Candelabra" focused on Liberace's relationship with his lover Scott Thorson, played by Damon, whose ill-fated relationship is the central focus of the film. During their time together, Scott underwent numerous plastic surgeries and personal transformations to appease Liberace, only to be cast aside for a new lover, for which Scott seeks legal action for what he considered lost years.

Douglas was previously nominated for a Primetime Emmy in 2002 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on the NBC sitcom "Will & Grace." He was also nominated in 1974 for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for his role on the series "The Streets of San Francisco" as well as Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for the show in 1975 and 1976.

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