It was a great night for Behind The Candelabra at the Creative Arts Emmys, as it won eight awards out of the nine categories it was nominated in. The HBO movie, starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, won in the casting, art direction, picture editing, hairstyling, sound mixing, non-prosthetic makeup, prosthetic makeup, and costumes categories.
It’s a great result for the gay-themed Liberace biopic, and it’s not finished yet. Behind The Candelabra is also nominated in the directing, writing, supporting actor, lead actor (with both Douglas and Damon nominated) and top miniseries/movie categories at next week’s Primetime Emmys ceremony. If it takes all of them, it would equal the record for most Emmys by a movie or miniseries, which was set by John Adams, with 13, in 2008.
Behind The Candelabra wasn’t the only LGBT winner at awards shindig, as Dan Bucatinsky of Scandal picked up Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series for playing gay journalist James Novak, who really love his family but has to deal with a rather scheming husband.
In real life Bucatinsky is married to Opposite Of Sex and Happy Endings director Don Roos. As the actor said in his acceptance speech, “How many guys get to (thank) their onscreen husband and their real-life husband? Thank you, Supreme Court of the United States.”
Tim Gunn of Project Runway won outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition show, alongside Heidi Klum, while Lily Tomlin picked up the trophy for best voice-over performance for her narration of ‘An Apology to Elephants’, a documentary about the treatment of captive elephants.
Neil Patrick Harris hosts the Primetime Emmy next Sunday.