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.
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
tv Singer could become the most unlikely star of Westeros
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 I've been called an abusive and dangerous parent, when all I did was listen to my transgender child
- 2 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 3 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 4 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 UK weather: Britain braced for snow to replace sun as arctic air mass moves in
Broadchurch series 3: David Tennant and Olivia Colman to return for third season, ITV confirms
Poldark finale, review: How a costume drama became a Sunday night swoon-fest
Al Pacino admits he was nearly fired from The Godfather and it's still his most 'difficult role'
Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik tops Sunday Times Rich List
Game of Thrones season 5 episode 3, review: Sansa and manhood-lopping torturer Ramsay Bolton - really?
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove