'Behind the Candelabra' Sweeps Top Emmy Awards

Douglas earns best acting nod; Soderbergh is best director, and show is best miniseries



A 1920s-style Spanish style house in Palm Springs called "The Cloisters” was used in the filming of "Behind the Candelabra".

Claudette Barius

 

Palm Springs own Jerry Weintraub took the stage of the 65th annual Emmy Awards Sunday night to accept the "Best Movie or Miniseries" award for Behind the Candelabra, a biopic depicting the tumultuous relationship between the late Liberace and partner Scott Thorson.

Weintraub, who was "Celebrity Grand Marshal" of the Palm Springs Festival of Lights parade in December 2012, thanked the team that was put together for the film, including director Steven Soderbergh, who captured the Best Director award. Weintraub served as the film's executive producer.

Michael Douglas, who played Liberace, received the the best male actor award, beating out his co-star, Matt Damon, who played Thorson.

The film, which drew 2.5 million viewers for its HBO premiere in May, according to the Los Angeles Times, was chosen over “The Bible” (History), “Top of the Lake” (Sundance Channel), “American Horror Story: Asylum” (FX), “Phil Spector” (HBO) and “Political Animals” (USA).

  • See the related stories:

Behind the Candelabra: Liberace comes back to life with the help of Howard Cummings

Party Like it's Liberace's House

Palm Springs City Hall, Church Scenes For Liberace Movie

Add your comment:
Edit Module
Desert Guide
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Getting Married in a Ballpark, Palm Springs Style

When you’re watching Super Bowl XLIX this weekend, think wedding venue. At least that’s what Amanda and Kyle Carnine might suggest after the couple wed inside Palm Springs Stadium.

Bill Clinton Outlines Community Health Initiatives in Palm Springs

Former President Bill Clinton spoke on the importance of special initiatives to improve the health and wellness of the Coachella Valley as part of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative Blueprint for Action.

Wondrous Waters

The naturally hot mineral waters beneath Desert Hot Springs offer pure magic. Here’s where you can soak in the benefits.

La Quinta Artist Creates Colorful Splash for Southwest Arts Festival Poster

Dennis Nagatani’s cascade of colors falling from different directions will be the eye-catching cover for the 29th Annual Southwest Arts Festival, Jan. 23-25, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.

8 Brunch Styles for Every Taste

With so much to do in the Coachella Valley, it’s easy to miss a meal. Start your day off right with these local options.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions + Contests

Fashionista Friends

Fashionista Friends

Experience the glitz and glamour of Fashion Week El Paseo 2015.
2014/15 Best of the Best

2014/15 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

Food + Wine Festival Grand Experience

Food + Wine Festival Grand Experience

Enter for a Chance to Win a Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert 2015 Grand Experience
Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Edit ModuleShow Tags