Oscars 2014: Matthew McConaughey wins Best Actor in victorious night for Dallas Buyers Club
McConaughey's co-star Jared Leto won Best Supporting Actor
Tim Walker is The Independent’s Los Angeles correspondent, covering entertainment and other concerns from the West Coast of the US. He was previously a features writer and the editor of the paper’s diary column. His first novel, Completion, is being published in January 2014.
Monday 03 March 2014
It's a triumph that almost no one would have predicted a few years ago, but Matthew McConaughey was last night crowned the Best Actor in Hollywood, capping a remarkable career renaissance by winning the Oscar for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club.
Erstwhile rom-com specialist McConaughey, who has taken to calling his recent career surge a “McConnaissance”, earned acclaim for his performances in Killer Joe (2011), Magic Mike (2012) and Mud (2012), as well as a compelling cameo in this year’s Oscar-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street.
But it is the 44-year-old’s turn as real-life AIDS patient Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club that caught the attention of the Academy. McConaughey lost 40 pounds to play the role.
Woodroof, an electrician and rodeo cowboy from Texas, was diagnosed with AIDS in 1985 and began smuggling unapproved antiretroviral drugs into the state to treat himself and other AIDS sufferers.
In McConaughey’s portrayal, Woodroof is a homophobe who eventually befriends and bonds with transgender woman Rayon, as they establish a “Buyers Club” together to distribute the drugs. Jared Leto, who played Rayon, was also recognised by the Academy, taking home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
McConaughey was accompanied to the ceremony by his mother and his wife, Camila Alves. In an eloquent and eclectic acceptance speech, the actor thanked God and his family, before exhorting his audience to “Just keep livin’”. Finally, he quoted the first lines he ever said on film, in 1993’s Dazed and Confused: “Alright, Alright, Alright”.
Awards-watchers have speculated that McConaughey’s Oscar campaign was aided by another searing performance that he gave on the small screen, in the eight-part HBO drama True Detective, which will reach its climax on US screens next week. The star will next be seen in cinemas later this year, in director Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming science-fiction blockbuster, Interstellar.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
- 2 Perez Hilton apologises for Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak
- 3 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 4 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
- 5 Jennifer Lawrence 'naked sex video' will be leaked threatens 4Chan celebrity photo hacker
Scottish independence referendum: Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai and Frightened Rabbit to play in support of Yes campaign
Unseen Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter deemed 'too subversive' released
Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Gregg Wallace joins Mark Wright, Pixie Lott and Judy Murray in line-up
Nicki Minaj suffers wardrobe malfunction during MTV VMAs performance with Ariana Grande and Jessie J
Al Pacino's The Humbling and Manglehorn, film reviews
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage