Michael Douglas and Matt Damon will be presenting at this year’s Emmy Awards, the show’s producers announced Tuesday.
The Behind the Candelabra stars are both nominated for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie for their roles in the HBO drama, which focuses on Liberace’s (Douglas) affair with Scott Thorson (Damon). The film has received 15 Primetime Emmy nominations, including outstanding miniseries or movie, writing, art direction, supporting actor, and casting.
“All the craft people are nominated, and that made me very happy,” executive producer Jerry Weintraub toldThe Wrap in January. “The behind-the-scenes people — costume people, makeup people, set designers casting — everybody who worked on this movie is being recognized, and I am thrilled about that.”
Behind the Candelabra also recently won the TCA Award for outstanding achievement in movies, Miniseries and Specials, and was nominated for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which is presented to the director of the best feature film of the official competition. The award — the highest prize of the festival — went to Blue is the Warmest Color and was presented to Abdellatif Kechiche.
American Horror Story: Asylum leads the Emmy Awards with 17 nominations.
Neil Patrick Harris will be returning as host after a two-year hiatus. Harris made his Emmy debut in 2009, and then returned in 2011. The 40-year-old How I Met Your Mother Star also hosted the Tony Awards those same years, 2012, and this year on June 9.
“I couldn’t be more honored and excited to be hosting this year’s Emmy Awards,” Harris said. “And what perfect timing — I’ll just do the exact same script I’m about to use for the Tonys. ‘And the Emmy for Best Revival of a Musical goes to Breaking Bad!’ See, told you it works.”
Michael Douglas and Matt Damon have both been nominated for Emmys four times. Damon was most recently nominated for outstanding guest star in a comedy series in 2011 for his appearance on 30 Rock. Douglas was most recently nominated for the same award in 2002 for his guest spot on Will & Grace.
The Emmy Awards will air live September 22 from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on CBS.