Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra” (2013)
If you’re looking for proof of Steven Spielberg’s “implosion” of Hollywood theory, look no further than the travails of Steven Soderbergh, whose $5 million biopic of Liberace was deemed “too gay” by major film studios. Eventually released by HBO earlier this year, “Behind the Candelabra” proved to be some of Michael Douglas’s best work and an overall fantastic movie. The film chronicles the entertainer’s “secret” affair with his assistant-turned-lover Scott Thorson (played by Matt Damon). Kind, narcissistic, and even predatory, Douglas gives Liberace a myriad of layers that makes the famous pianist at turns both lovable and revolting.