Douglas Thanks Zeta-Jones in Acceptance Speech

By ROBERT PACE

September 22, 2013

Although Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones revealed that they separated and "are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage," Douglas thanked her during Sunday's Emmy Awards ceremony.

While accepting his award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Behind the Candelabra, Douglas lauded his "wife, Catherine, for her support."

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The two, who have been married 13 years, confirmed to ET in August that they were taking time apart amid reports of their imminent separation.

Douglas elaborated to ET's Nancy O'Dell on the red carpet that he thinks everything is fine between him and his wife.

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"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," the 68-year-old actor said.

See the transcript of Douglas' full speech below:

Thank you to my Academy fellow members; thank you so much. And to the great performance by all the other nominees. Obviously, there's one nominee in particular that I have to really...thank. This was a two-hander, and Matt [laughter], you're only as good as your other hand.

I can't tell you, you were magnificent, and the only reason that I'm standing here is because of you. So, you really deserve half of this. So, do you want the bottom or the top? [laughter] The top, I figured that.

I want to thank HBO for doing a wonderful job and for trusting talent. To our producers, Jerry Weintraub, Greg Jacobs, Suzy, Michael: Thank you so much. They put an incredible cast and group together, as was recognized earlier this week with the craft awards in all of those areas.

But obviously, our star Steven Soderbergh not only directed it, he also shot it as cameraman and also as a film editor. He brought us Richard LaGravenese, which was one of the best scripts that I have ever seen, as well as Marvin Hamlisch.

I want to thank my wife, Catherine, for her support; my kids, Dylan and Carys; and a shout-out for my oldest son, Cameron, and hoping that...they'll allow me to see him soon. Lee, thank you. Thanks a lot.



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