Transcript Behind the Candelabra

MICHAEL DOUGLAS: Thank you. Thank you very much. You know, everybody talks how precious it is to get nominated or win by your fellow actors in both AFTRA and SAG, and particularly for me, I’ve got a 97-year-old-member of SAG back at home… [applause] who I know is particularly proud of me getting this award. But I want to thank all of you out here tonight for helping me get out of his shadow, for a little bit. [applause]

To Jeremy, Al, Rob, who’s part of our cast, and all the great performances that were done, and different casts tonight. But as you know, this has become a little bittersweet because my partner in crime who in earlier awards have spoken about, you know, who’s on top, who’s on bottom, [laughter] two-handers - but Matt, I want to be serious right now.

Now, I know we’ve gone head to head, but… [laughter] the truth is, and you know, I am not here without Matt Damon. Matt Damon… [applause] had the courage to stand by early on – this is part when I was sick and we had to wait for another year – Matt was there. So, it’s really the joy of acting, and Matt, this is yours, too, you know that.

Thank you all. Thanks very much. Thank you. [applause]