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Best: Michael Douglas's speech
It's been a tough few years for Michael Douglas. He's battled cancer, his son is in jail and he appears to be divorcing his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones. Through it all, however, he delivered one of the finest performances of his career as Liberace in Steven Soderbergh's "Behind the Candelabra." While he sadly lost the acting prize to Bruce Dern at the Cannes Film Festival in May, Douglas took home the lead actor in a mini-series or movie Emmy over his equally deserving co-star Matt Damon. Douglas began his speech trying to give Damon credit saying, "This is a two-hander…" There was a pause in the audience,which realizes it could mean something else (as does Douglas). The camera cuts to Damon laughing while Douglas adds "And Matt, you're only as good as your other hand," Douglas says. Then the punchline of the night, "You really deserve half of this. Do you want the bottom? Or do you want the top?" What's most amazing about that exchange is that in his lifetime the closeted Liberace probably never dreamed that anything close to that would be heard on television let alone on a primetime awards program. How times have changed.
- Gregory Ellwood