“Behind the Candelabra” had its world premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on May 21. The movie was in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, but didn’t win any prizes at the festival.
However, based on the rave reviews and pundits’ predictions, expect “Behind the Candelabra” to get nominated for major awards that have categories for TV‐movies.
“Michael Douglas is a 68‐year‐old movie star known for he‐man performances and morally ambiguous roles. And he was no piano player. But Douglas now dazzles as Liberace in the new HBO film ‘Behind the Candelabra,’ including lavish musical numbers in which he tinkles the ivories and flourishes his jewel‐and‐ermine finery … Douglas’ co‐star is Matt Damon, who, in a casting choice almost as counterintuitive, plays Scott Thorson, a dreamy, strapping teen who in 1977 met Liberace in his Vegas dressing room and almost instantly became his personal assistant, live‐in companion and top‐secret lover … It was the film’s director, Steven Soderbergh, who brought together the two lead actors, helped shape their splendid performances and masterminded this portrait of a loving but bizarre and tempestuous affair. This showbiz saga may be over the top, but there’s plenty of depth and it dives deep.” Associated Press
The Liberace docudrama “Behind the Candelabra” (which premiered on HBO on May 26, 2013) has been getting mostly positive reviews from critics. There is also talk that “Behind the Candelabra” will get nominated for Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards, including nominations for Michael Douglas (who stars as Liberace), Matt Damon (who stars as Liberace’s lover/employee Scott Thorson) and director Steven Soderbergh. Read reviews