When Michael won his first-ever Emmy on Sept. 22, we really felt the love when he thanked his estranged wife, and even mentioned his son, Cameron. He later revealed that Cameron has been in solitary confinement and he hasn’t seen him for a year.
When Michael Douglas, 68, took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Behind the Candelabra, we weren’t surprised he thanked his costar Matt Damon. However, we weren’t expecting him to thank his estranged wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, or give an emotional shout out to his son, Cameron Douglas.
Michael Douglas Thanks Catherine Zeta-Jones Despite Separation
Separated doesn’t mean split. Michael proved that at the 65th Annual Emmy Awards when accepting his award:
I want to thank my wife, Catherine, for her support; my kids, Dylan and Carys.
Backstage at the Emmys, Michael spoke with Entertainment Tonight, where he said he was “hopeful” his relationship with his wife of 13 years would improve.
“Everybody is fine. Nothing really more to say,” the actor said. “We were just taking a little break. We’re talking. I think everything will be fine and I’m very hopeful.”
On Aug. 28, Catherine and Michael’s rep confirmed to Us Weekly that they were indeed taking a break from their relationship. “Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage,” the rep said.
Catherine was not in attendance with Michael, as she is currently in China to announce the launch of a new film studio there.
Michael Mentions Son, Cameron In Speech & Explains Solitary Confinement
Additionally, Michael added in his speech, “a shout-out for my oldest son, Cameron, and hoping that they’ll allow me to see him soon.”
Cameron, 35, Michael’s son from a previous marriage, was arrested with drug charges and sentenced to five years in prison in April 2010. However, an additional 4 1/2 years was added to the sentence after attempting to smuggle heroin into the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
Michael told Us Weekly after the show that he has been told he cannot see his son for the next two years.
“Part of their punishments if you happen to have a slip -– this is for a prisoner who is nonviolent — as about a half a million of our drug addicted prisoners are, they punish you,” he explained. “So for my son’s case, he’s spent almost two years in solitary confinement and right now I’m being told that I cannot see him for two years. It’s over a year now and I’m questioning the system.”
Cameron’s scheduled to be released in 2018. So sad!
Were you surprised to hear Michael thank his wife, Catherine and did a shout out to his son in his acceptance speech? Let us know!
— Emily Longeretta