Saturday, December 14, 2013

Behind the Candelabra

2013 American Television Movie

Cast: Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe, Debbie Reynolds, Scott Bakula, Tom Papa, Nicky Katt, Cheyenne Jackson and Paul Reiser
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: Richard LaGravenes, based on the memoir Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace by Scott Thorson and Alex Thorleifson

When a young Scott Thorson meets the legendary, flamboyant piano virtuoso Liberace, they begin a tempestuous secret relationship.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.0/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 95% / Audience: 73%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 82% / Audience: 8.0%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • American Cinema Editors Eddie Award for Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Television.
  • Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design - TV Movie or Miniseries.
  • BAFTA Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Damon), Adapted Screenplay, Production Design, Costume Design and Makeup & Hair.
  • Casting Society of America Award for Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Television Movie/Mini Series.
  • Cinema Audio Society Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Movie or Mini-Series.
  • Costume Designers Guild Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Miniseries.
  • Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a TV Movie or Miniseries.
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award for TV Drama of the Year and TV Performance of the Year - Actor (Douglas); also nominated for LGBT TV Show of the Year and Campy TV Show of the Year.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series.
  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and Actor (Douglas); also nominated for Best Actor (Damon) and Supporting Actor (Lowe).
  • Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylist Guild Awards for Best Period and/or Character Hairstyling and Period and/or Character Makeup.
  • Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Directing, Actor (Douglas), Art Direction, Costumes, Single-Camera Picture Editing, Sound Mixing, Prosthetic Makeup, Makeup (Non-Prosthetic), Hairstyling and Casting; also nominated for Best Actor (Damon), Supporting Actor (Bakula), Writing and Cinematography.
  • Producers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries (Douglas); also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries (Damon).
  • Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials.

  • Scott Thorson's memoir Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace was originally published in 1988, a year after Liberace's death.
  • In a New York Post interview, director Steven Soderbergh said that Behind the Candelabra was originally planned for a theatrical release but was turned down by all the Hollywood studios for being "too gay".
  • Potential Director: Philip Kaufman.
  • Casting Call: Robin Williams.
  • Although made to air on HBO in the United States, Behind the Candelabra premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and competed for the Palme d'Or prize. It was released theatrical in Europe.
  • Scott Thorson was 17 years-old when he first met Liberace. Matt Damon was 42 at the time of filming.
  • The last film to feature a musical score by composer Marvin Hamlisch. The film is dedicated to him.

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  • Liberace is also the subject of two other made for television biopics, both of which aired in 1988, the year after Liberace died: ABC's Liberace starred Andrew Robinson, with Maris Valainis as Scott and Rue McClanahan as his mother; CBS' Liberace: Behind the Music starred Victor Garber, with Michael Dolan as Scott and Maureen Stapleton as his mother.

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