Regardless of what happens during the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony Sunday (Sept. 22), the big winner at the 2013 awards has already been determined.
The honor goes to HBO’s movie “Behind the Candelabra,” which scored big at the Creative Arts Emmys a week before the primetime ceremony. The film about Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his relationship with Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) scored eight awards there.
It’s also likely to pick up more awards Sunday — a shutout in the movie and miniseries categories would be a huge upset. Even if that were to happen, though, no other show has a combination of Creative Arts wins and Primetime nominations to overtake “Behind the Candelabra.”
The movie also has a pretty good chance to break the record for most Emmys by a TV movie. It currently belongs to “Eleanor and Franklin,” which won 11 in 1976. (The record for a miniseries, incidentally, is 13 by “John Adams” in 2008.)
UPDATE: “Behind the Candelabra” won three awards at the Primetime Emmys, tying it with “Eleanor and Franklin” as the most-honored TV movie in Emmy history.