Michael Douglas gives memorable Emmys speech

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Actor Michael Douglas, winner of the Best Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Award for 'Behind The Candelabra' speaks onstage during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Michael Douglas made a memorable speech while accepting the award for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night.

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Douglas, 68, was honored for his portrayal of Liberace in the HBO biopic, "Behind the Cadelabra," and when he hit the stage he immediately gave a shoutout to his co-star Matt Damon, 42, who plays his lover Scott Thorson in the film.

Douglas joked, "Matt, you're only as good... as your other half...This is a two-hander and Matt, you're only as good as your other hand," Douglas went on to say, while pointing to the statuette, "Matt, you deserve half of this. You want the bottom or the top?"

Then he got serious. Douglas said the film's script was one of the best he's ever seen, and praised director Steven Soderbergh's hard work on the film (for which Soderbergh also won an Emmy).

Douglas also thanked his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, which may have come as a surprise to some. The two recently announced they were taking some time apart to evaluate their marriage. Although Zeta-Jones didn't accompany Douglas to the ceremony, he was spotted wearing his wedding ring at the gala.

Douglas didn't leave the stage without recognizing his children, including his son Cameron Douglas, who's serving time behind bars on a drug sentence.

"And a shout-out to my oldest son Cameron, but hopefully I'll be able to see him soon," Douglas said.

Backstage at the Emmys, Douglas opened up more about the status of his marriage to Zeta-Jones, telling "Entertainment Tonight's" Nancy O'Dell, "Everybody is fine. Nothing really more to say. We were just taking a little break. We're talking. I think everything will be fine and I'm very hopeful."