Matthew McConaughey covers Variety, wants to snatch that Oscar from Leo D.

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Last week, Leonardo DiCaprio covered the new issue of Variety. This week it’s Matthew McConaughey. Leo gave a wonderfully personal, extensive interview about his craft, about his years in Hollywood, about what he’s learned. The message was pretty much “this is my time, give me that Oscar.” Matthew’s Variety interview is strikingly similar, although Matthew’s career arc is different – Matthew was a “company man” doing rom-coms and big-budget nonsense for more than a decade. Then he took some time off, refocused and came back as an indie darling. As opposed to Leo, who has never sold out like Matthew, I suppose. It’s an interesting side-by-side comparison. You can read Matthew’s full cover story here, and here are some highlights:

Working in indie films: “For the first time in my career, I lost money! No joke!”

His affection for rom-coms: “It is a hard challenge to make it work, to tell a story you’ve seen time and time again that you know what the ending is going to be. You have to stay light, you have to keep it moving. You drop anchor in one of those movies, and the whole thing sinks.”

Taking a break for a few years: “I went to my wife and my agent and said, ‘I’m going to stop for a bit,’ I’m going to sit back in the shadows. I’m getting into my 40s, a great time for a man. I’ve started a family. I want to take time to laugh and love and enjoy these adventures… We’re a team. I know it’s not easy on her, though she does it with aplomb.”

Learning how to say no: “I just knew I was going to hold out for a while and things would dry out. I didn’t know how long they would dry out for, and that was scary. I would get sent things and the paychecks were great, and I would say no. Then, they quit sending them altogether. And then … nothing. So the message got through.”

But then the big dogs came to the yard: “All of a sudden, I became a good idea for people like William Friedkin and Steven Soderbergh — people who hadn’t called before, who maybe wouldn’t have seen me as a good idea three years before…It wasn’t a conscious choice to go indie. It was just that my head was down, looking for great characters. And those are harder to find in the big movies. And when you have a role like that in a studio film, they aren’t coming to me. They’re talking to George Clooney.”

Losing weight for DBC: “I ate well. Just very small amounts. Five ounces of fish, twice a day. Cup of vegetables, twice a day. The secret is, I gave myself four months.” During that time, he also immersed himself in Woodroof’s past, meeting with his family and studying his diaries, which were given to him by Woodroof’s sister and daughter. “It was such an insight into this boyish mind, these small town wanderings,” McConaughey reveals. “It was my secret weapon.”

Matthew knows Marty Scorsese too: “I showed up [on the Wolf of Wall Street set] and had already lost like 25 pounds,” he laughs. “Marty was like, ‘Stop, I need you to stop!’ ”

Talking about himself in the third person: “I’ve got a saying: When faced with the inevitable, get relative. The inevitable was, I’m going to do this. I’ve got support from my family that insulates me. I surrounded myself with everything I needed to go on this adventure. And the focus was exciting. I said to myself, ‘We’re taking a trip, McConaughey. This is a story you want to tell. Those adventures you talk about — you’re on one now.’ ”

Losing the weight made him hyper-aware: “I went from being cranky to hyper aware,” he says. “That clarity is hard on other people, because my bullshit meter was zero. I was like, ‘Speak up. No adjectives or adverbs. Just nouns and verbs. Speak!’”

He name-drops Christopher Nolan too: McConaughey had run into Nolan over the years, but it was at an event about two years ago he says the director first praised his work. “He came up to me and said, ‘“Mud.” I love that movie,’ ” McConaughey recalls. He was later asked to fly to Los Angeles to meet with Nolan. “I sat down with him for about 2½ hours at his house,” he recalls. “Not one word came up about “Interstellar.” I walked out not sure what to think. I mean, he’s not a guy who takes general meetings.” Clearly Nolan liked what he saw; McConaughey was offered the role. “Interstellar” might break McConaughey’s streak of independent films, but he does point out that Nolan, who began his career with small pics like “Following” and “Memento,” still brings an indie sensibility to big-budget movies. “There’s no f–king around on set,” the actor notes. “He’s a great problem solver. In that way, he’s very indie. Here’s a guy who could have whatever budget he wants — and we finished shooting early.”

And in the end: “For the next two months, I’m playing the character of Matthew McConaughey, an actor proud of the films he’s been in,” he says, before again opting for the third person. “And if any of those films or his performances are in awards shows, he’s going to go, heart high and head up, and look them all in the eye and say, ‘Damn right this is a great time in my career.’ That’s the role I’m in now. I’ve got a lot to be thankful for.”

[From Variety]

The career stuff is what it is. I don’t begrudge Matthew the awards he’s received thus far (okay, I begrudge him the SAG Award a little), but I’m happy that Matthew has found his footing as a proper actor and I’m also happy that he’s not disrespecting the years he spent in an endless parade of rom-coms. He finds a nice balance between respecting the work then and loving the new path he’s on. But is it enough to get him an Oscar? I don’t know. Truly. I think his bizarro, druggy SAG speech hurt him, quite honestly. In a perfect world, I’d like to see Leo and Matthew cancel each other out and the Oscar would go to Chiwetel. But that probably won’t happen.

Also: I love that Matthew talks about his wife. That’s one thing that he genuinely has on Leo that works in MM’s favor: he has a loving, supporting wife (who isn’t in her early 20s) and he’s the father of three beautiful children. The Academy prefers that to Leo’s modelizing.

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  1. Sixer says:

    I think that’s an acceptable third person. He’s emphasising that the PR is just another role so it actually sounds honest to me and I’m going to accept it for that because if I don’t, I’ll just end up in an endless circle of meta role inside role inside role inside role and completely lose the plot (pun intended). It’s not Idris style third person, is it?

    Note to self: short sentences rock. You suck, Sixer.

    • minime says:

      ahah My supervisor keeps on telling me “short sentences, short sentences”…pfff…love your long sentence and agree. Still, I would also like if McConaughey and DiCaprio would just cancel each other and that the Oscar would go to Chiwetel, but if comes to one of the two, then McConaughey it is.

    • Lisa says:

      Yeah, in the first case, it’s him giving himself a pep talk (I do that, and I use my first name, as in, Lisa, you can do this!), and in the second, it’s a way to separate himself from all the hype. Seems normal enough to me.

  2. V4Real says:

    I like Matty; I always have but I’m hoping that Chiwetel sneaks in and grab the Oscar form Leo and Matt. That’s my wish. In reality I think the Academy is going to give it to Matt or Leo because they just feel it’s time they got one. I think they did the same with Bassinger when she won best supporting actress for LA Confidential. She was the first JLaw in my opinion, her performance was ok but not Oscar worthy.

    As for Matt’s wife not being in her 20′s, well he has always dated what some consider age appropriate women.

  3. CaribbeanLaura says:

    I’ve heard some EXCELLENT things about his work on True Detective, and the show in general. I’m happy that he’s finally living up to his potential. Good for him. Still think Chewitel should win the Oscar tho!

  4. Meme says:

    No. Just no. He doesn’t deserve the Oscar. The only extraordinary about DBC is Jared Leto’s performance.

  5. MrsBPitt says:

    I agree that speech at the SAGS hurt his Oscar chances. The Oscar people take their awards show very seriously, rediculously seriously, like they are giving out Medals of Valor or the Noble Peace Prize…and they aren’t going to want some raving lunatic up on stage embarrassing them…

    • TG says:

      I had to laugh about you Medals of Valor comment and them not wanting anyone on stage to embarrass them. Doesn’t that couch jumping freak Tom Cruise have a Freedom Medal of Valor award courtesy of the CO$? An award that no one can figure out what it is for let alone what it even means. Something tells me the Acadamy won’t be giving him an Oscar anytime soon.

  6. paola says:

    God no!
    He plays the same character in evey movie just like Hugh Grant. At least Leo Dicaprio is very versatile and very convincing.

  7. Cora says:

    I just came back from reading the Tom Hardy post, and McConaughey is another great example of an actor choosing a high-quality television series over doing mediocre films. “True Detective” is an incredible series and Matthew’s character is fantastic! He’ll get an Emmy nomination for this role, I expect.

  8. mirwren says:

    I can understand how Matthew’s bizzaro speeches can be a question mark to his seriousness and his winning, but I have a soft spot for him (‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’ and ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ a-woohoo) and I just loved ‘The Dallas Buyers Club’. I also love to see an actor grow from many roles in romcoms and such into performing greatly in emotional roles. I hope he wins it.

    But yikes Chiwetel deserves it too.

  9. Gwen says:

    I haven’t seen any of his recent movies (hard to find here) but he HAS to get get some award for his work on True Detective. It is FANTASTIC.

  10. Sabrina says:

    I wouldn’t mind if he won the Oscar. I would much rather prefer him to win it over Leo though I really hope that Chiwetel gets the win.

  11. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I feel mean, but I have never liked him. He seems so full of himself, in that way that actors do when they’re talking about themselves and their journey like they were curing cancer or something. And lost his looks years ago, so he’d better start finding serious character roles. He’s not handsome enough to be the romantic lead anymore. Meow, bowl of milk for table 2.

  12. Original Tessa says:

    I think Leo is going to win. I think it’s such a toss up this year, the voters are going to think he’s the most deserving. His body of work is almost unmatched in Hollywood, and he really wants it this year. The fact that he didn’t win for WEGG is a travesty when you compare it to other supporting actor wins. Matthew will have other chances, as will Chiwetel.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      I would’nt mind if Leo won…he definetly has a great body of work and, I agree, he should have won for Gilbert Grape…

      • Mrs. Darcy says:

        Well if we’re going by past performances, Matthew M. has really packed in some good ones the past couple years…just saying. I thought The Paperboy was so overlooked for its acting – it was ott camp and had such a hugely disturbing ending I think it ruined it for awards bait. And he was excellent in Killer Joe. Mud I thought he was fine in but less of a departure than the other stuff he’s doing.

      • Original Tessa says:

        Yes, Matthew has really come on strong recently, but I still think Leo’s over 20 years of flawless work is deserving of something.

    • Mrs. Darcy says:

      Eh, I wouldn’t say Leo’s body of work was “flawless”, I found The Aviator diabolical and fell asleep during Gangs of New York. Not all his fault but I think he’s best when he’s not overreaching. I can watch him in The Departed all day long, and I haven’t seen Wolf of Wall Street but it looks like he’s in his element. He got pretty bad reviews for Gatsby though, he’s hardly unimpeachable. I don’t feel like he has earned it just from his body of work, necessarily. But the Academy may well differ :-)

      • AG-UK says:

        I don’t like when they remake films as most are always awful. Probably for those 20-25 y/o who never saw the original. I thought Great Gatsby wasn’t very good, I kept looking at my watch is my sign that I am losing interest. He had that same old sport look on his face has he did on the boat in WOWS, side view smirk. Leo is good but I don’t want him to win.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I thought the performances in Gatsby were good, but the movie itself was boring. Halfway in, I just kept wondering when it would be over–the story itself wasn’t that interesting to me.

      • mercy says:

        He was miscast in Gangs, and I think Ewan MacGregor would’ve been better in The Beach. I liked him in The Aviator, despite being too young for the role. I find him immensley appealing on screen and it makes it hard for me to objectively judge his performances sometimes, but I try. My favourites from Leo are Gilbert Grape, Catch Me if You Can, and The Departed, but I would say only GG was award worthy.

    • mercy says:

      If the Academy was going by body of work, Redford or Hanks would’ve been nominated. Both delivered superior performances to Leo and Bale, imo.

  13. JaDeRu says:

    I love Matty and I have nothing to add other than the chatter about whether or not his speeches will hurt him at the Oscars…uhm if Anne Hathaway’s “Strawberry Shortcake scratch and sniff sticker set” (IT CAME TRUE!!!) speeches didn’t hurt her why should Matthew worry?

  14. yolie says:

    I really would like to see Leo win. He’s been in consistently great films during the course of his long career. It’s his time.

    • JaDeRu says:

      I think it should go to the one that gave the best performance for that year, not for body of work or career. Leo is one of my lifelong faves but in WOW he was just playing Leo. His last few films have been that. Leo. I think the ones that make us forget about the movie star and get engrossed in the movie are the better performances. For me that was either Matthew or Chiwetel.
      Plus Leo’s campaign is just embarrassing.

      • Itsetsyou says:

        @JaDeRu – same here. Leo is always playing Leo. At least I don’t remember I ever forgot who I was watching instead of seeing the character. I think his choice of roles is hurting him. Unlike Matthew Leo has been trying to hard.

      • mercy says:

        Leo’s campaign isn’t any more embarrassing than some others I can think of, and he hasn’t really partcipated full stop until this round, but I tend to agree with everything else. He’s worked with the best from a young age and he has a solid body of work to show for it, but the one role he really lost himself in was Arnie in Gilbert Grape. He should’ve won that year but Tommy Lee Jones won, presumably because of his body of work was more impressive at the time. Shows the importance of acknowledging the most deserving performance of each year.

  15. Penny says:

    I kind of feel like Matthew deserves it for all his work the past few years. Bernie, Killer Joe, Magic Mike, Mud, DBC, Wolf of Wall Street and now True Detective. The only blip is The Paperboy, which was a hot mess, but I’m sure it looked good on paper. Off the top of my head I’m struggling to think of another actor who’s had such a stellar run recently. I know it should be all about the role they’re actually nominated for, but let’s face it, that’s rarely how it works.

    I think Chitewel was fantastic, but unfortunately Fassbender was even better, and it’s hard to win Best Actor when the Supporting Actor outshone you, even if it was only by a tiny little margin. Leo deserves it, but he’ll probably have another dozen shots at it and the voters know that. I think it’s Matthew’s year, and even though I don’t think his performance in DBC was the best of he year, I think he’s earned the recognition.

  16. Jennifer12 says:

    Chiwetel should win- there wasn’t a performance who could top his.

  17. Mrs. Darcy says:

    I haven’t seen the SAG’s speech, is it really that bad? I think he is just on his own little planet and doesn’t know how to reel it in sometimes, it bothers me a lot less than faux humble-ness or people who act like they don’t care when they win.

    I am in a sucky position to have an opinion in some respects not having seen most of the Oscar flicks yet, but a lot of the discussion seems based on who deserves to win based on body of work. I think Leo is fine, very good at his best, and I’m sure he will win someday. It wouldn’t shock me if he won this yr. But I do admire the U turn McConaughey (am I the only one who has trouble spelling his name ugh) has taken, and he has turned in some pretty daring performances in the past couple years that are more impressive to me than Leo’s big Hollywood big money turns. I know that is a lot to do with them being in different pole positions, but I don’t feel like Leo has really grown that much as an actor since his youth. I wish I could have an opinion on Chiwitel but haven’t seen 12 yrs…he was good in everything else I’ve seen though so it wouldn’t bug me if he won. I really need to go to the movies…

  18. Jayna says:

    I disagree. Chiwetal was amazing but so was Matthew. Both could win and it wouldn’t be wrong. Matthew was brilliant in his performance. He became his character. I forgot it was Matthew McConaughey. Really, there should be more than one best actor award this season, but I have no issue with Matthew getting it. Jennifer said he was so alarmingly thin during filming that he had to conserve all energy before his scenes. Another thing about this movie, it was an indie movie, but it never felt like a small budget movie. It was really shot beautifully. And I would never have known it was Jared Leto in his performance and another deserved nomination and win. But this movie wouldn’t work without the lead character taking you along on this ride and he was riveting, but never, ever, ever overacted. And with the character’s personality, that would be a fine line not to cross over, but he never crossed it.

  19. dizzylucy says:

    There’s a really interesting article in the latest EW about his career resurgence, and what if it were a female actor in the same position.
    http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/02/14/matthew-mcconaughey-mcwoman/

    I have to give him credit, he did turn it around from rom com land and has made some great choices and really put in some hard work.

  20. ernie says:

    Unpopular opinion, but I wouldn’t give it to Chiwetel. Purely on acting merit, importance of the subject matter of the films aside, I think Leo did the best job. It was fantastic character acting, even though he was playing the biggest douchebag. So Leo has my vote this year, and I’m definitely not his biggest fan. Also, I think Matthew is doing his best work ever on True Detective. If that was up for Oscars, hands down, give him all the awards. That show is something.
    And when it comes to supporting actress category, my vote goes to Julia. She was sooo good in Osage County.

    • Peppa says:

      I have kept my opinion on this quiet, because I know it is a very unpopular on this site, but I also don’t think Chiwetel deserves it over MM or Leo. I appreciated how well directed and acted TYAS was, and found it to be a moving film. However, Chiwetel’s performance didn’t stand out to me. I found that he was outshone by most of the supporting actors. Julia was the best thing about August, Osage County, but Lupita is the one I think deserves the award.

    • Lucrezia says:

      Truer words were never spoken! I don’t think Dicaprio is due fro an Oscar as many people think, but he gave the best male performance of 2013 (along with Robert Redford and Toni Servillo) and stands out from that line up. Also Julia is the best from the supporting category (with Sally Hawkins in a close second) although she suffer from category fraud as she was the lead from that movie, not Streep. The others nominees from this category were from being decent (JLaw, who I don’t understand why so many people think she is underserving. She two of the biggest and most respected critic awards of the country, which are remarkable achievements at such young age) to amateur (sorry, though charming and nice, Nyongo did nothing noteworthy and she is being recognized for the nature of her character not the performance) to just been there (that would be Squibb, which the less s say about that performance the best).

  21. ToodySezHey says:

    As I said, I give the man alot of credit for doing a career 180. Like he woke up one day and was like ‘ya know, the money is great and all, but I got into this thing to be an actor and Id kind of like to get back to that’

    And as I said, bit parts here and there( hilarious in Tropic Thunder), supporting role in Magic Mike. And now of all things, a tv show( albeit on cable.). I give the man huge credit. And frankly, I would not be shocked nor disappointed if he won an Oscar, but I just hope and pray his Oscar speech is more coherent than his SAG speech lol.

  22. Tig says:

    I have loved MM since “Dazed and Confused”, but even fan girl me was amazed by his performance in DBC. And don’t get me started on Leto’s performance-it was so moving .

    So I hope he gets the Oscar- crazy speech and all!

  23. grabbyhands says:

    A year ago I couldn’t have predicted that I would be in a forum cheering on Matthew McConaughey, but I am waving my flag high. I never really paid him much attention (other than thinking he was classic Hollywood handsome) because I am not a rom-com fan and that was all he was ever in. But watching him in True Detective and Killer Joe (haven’t seen DBC yet) has really changed my opinion-what an amazing actor he’s become. If he doesn’t win all the awards for TD, then there is no justice. And like Kaiser said, I appreciate that he doesn’t act like someone was putting a gun to his head to do the rom-coms or that they were the most horrible experience ever. Not many actors do that.

  24. Georgia says:

    I watched Mud during summer. Great movie.
    I believe Leo diserves the Oscar but so does Mathew

  25. sugar1 says:

    And the oscar goes to….i have never been a Leo fan and have always been a Mathew fan so in my fantasy oscar award show Mathew gets the statue and i get to present it.

  26. Lucy says:

    I think I liked this interview a lot more than I thought I would…

  27. Nicole says:

    I think True Detective is going to put him over the edge. He’s going to get an Emmy and Golden Globe for that role. Sometimes its about concurrent projects. It’s why Eddie Murphy lost out on the Oscar cus Norbit came out around that same time. I expect that Matty is going to get it because True Detective is reminding audiences of his capacity as an actor.

  28. Allie says:

    I hope MM gets the oscar this year. He was fantastic in DB. The best performance, for me.

  29. pleaseicu says:

    I haven’t seen a career turnaround in as short a time span like Matthew’s maybe ever. I’m thrilled he finally decided to live up to the potential he showed years ago. And he gets points for never ragging on the pile of rom coms that kept him a multi-millionaire and his career going for years and years. I like actors who can move into a different phase of their career and do more substantive work but still be self-deprecating and not shy away from their own choices and get too “big” for what sustained them for years.

    I think Leo’s problem this year is often his problem when it comes to his Oscar nominations: he’s consistently nomination worthy with his work but there’s often at least one actor in his category who gave just a little bit better performance than he did. Except for Eating Gilbert Grape. They should’ve done a tie that year or something if they weren’t going to give him the statue outright, because he really and truly deserved an Oscar for that performance.

    • Peppa says:

      The year Leo lost for Gilbert Grape was also the year Ralph Fiennes lost for Schindler’s List. The Oscar for supporting actor went to Tommy Lee Jones for the Fugitive that year. Both Leo and Ralph were robbed because they gave two memorable, haunting performances. They could have split the vote, but it’s just another example of how ridiculous the Academy Awards can be.

  30. daisy says:

    I saw DBC so I could make an informed decision on Best Actor and my vote goes to McConaughey. He was absolutely fabulous but that’s because I thought his biggest competition was Chiwetel Ejiofor, not Leo. I was underwhelmed by Chiwetel’s performance. It was good, not great. I guess I need to see WOWS now. I’ve been watching True Detective and he is fantastic in that too. He has become such a great actor in recent years. Good for him!

  31. Angelic 21 says:

    Oscar is losing it’s credibility(if it ever had any) if they start preferring an actor because he have a more traditional family/romantic life then some other actor. Frankly speaking despite Leo’s womanizing way, Mathew can’t hold a candle in front of him.

  32. Penelope says:

    Meh, I just re-watched Matthew’s SAG acceptance speech and it wasn’t *that* bad. He was utterly mesmerizing in DBC and deserves every award he receives for his performance, including the Oscar.

  33. bettyrose says:

    DBC was good, but his work on True Detective
    has me crushing on him again like it’s still the 90s.

  34. Nerd Alert says:

    I didn’t even like this guy around Christmas. I was not impressed by Magic Mike, and his drawl has always bothered me.

    True Detective came out, and I didn’t want to watch it because of him. My BF watched it one day and I came home halfway through from work and was mesmerized. I sat down and watched it without even putting my soft pants on (unheard of). We have now seen each episode twice (you can miss a lot!) and because of TD I watched Killer Joe. That movie is a mindfck and Matty’s the one bending you over. In two months I have been converted. Whatever he did in his time off worked like a champ on me.

    When are the Emmys? If he doesn’t get nominated, I will figuratively lose my mind.

  35. Itsetsyou says:

    I think Matthew will take the Oscar. Precisely because his wife isn’t a 20 year old model.

  36. lrm says:

    well, I liked some of his rom coms. I’m glad rom coms exist; it’s no different than this fantasy blockbuster action movies or time travel sci-fi…It’s just fun fluff to explore stories and escape for awhile. I never understand why people target rom coms with such vitriol. They aren’t more stereotypical always than other films like the action cheese. They’re an easy target though-everyone loves to hate rom coms. Personally, I think the idea of chivalry and archetypal level of romantic love is a part of the human experience collectively, just as the idea that we would dream of ‘being superheroes and saving people/having superhuman powers’, is also mythical. Both are unrealistic, but for some reason, people are viscerally repelled by the notion that we could ‘pretend’ that there’s a ‘happily ever after’. I mean, pretend is kinda the point of movies, which in turn are the modern version of myths and fairytales. Yea, we know it’s not like real life. But we can pretend for a moment. This is what folks did with romantic ballet-escaped the hardship of their lives post french revolution, for example. Personally, I don’t enjoy drama from action flicks, shooting, noise, etc. when I’m looking for a popcorn movie.

    So, while those roles may not be not oscar worthy, MM has nothing to be ashamed of re: his rom coms. There’s a place for them and I love them…and I was a foreig/ indie films before they were cool kind of gal.

    MM was also great in Lincoln Lawyer. He’s just so charismatic on screen that it makes him endearing, OR over the top,w hich is why I think he is a ‘love him or hate him’ kind of actor, usually.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      I like watching romcoms, just as long as the people who are in them can either act, or have enough charisma for me to enjoy their performance. Like one of my favorite romcoms is Maid in Manhattan. I love it. Love it. I don’t think J-Lo can act all that well. I think that she is okay in the role, and there are a hundred, talented Latino actresses who could’ve played the role a million times better than her–but her and Ralph together? My God. I loved the love scene. I was a little pissed that it didn’t go any further, but…..

      I enjoyed her in that movie, haven’t liked her in anything else. But as long as they have chemistry and I like the story, then I love it. It’s the really horrible acting that ruins the romcom for me.

    • mercy says:

      All good points. I know what I’m more inclined to repeat watch on a lazy afternoon. ;) I wish there were more good romcoms and comedies. It seems like it’s mostly action superhero comic book fluff or heavy Oscar bait these days.

      I had forgot about Lincoln Lawyer! Sometimes it’s hard to separate an actor from his celebrity. I’m happy to see MM get a fair shake.

      I adore Ralph Fiennes, but I think movies like Maid in Manhattan signified the beginning of the end for the romcom era. It’s like the industry saw what it did to his career and vowed to steer clear of romcoms. It wasn’t the genre. It was the writing, and JLo certainly didn’t help. Fiennes deserved so much better. Thank goodness Apatow and his troupe are still plugging away. Their output isn’t perfect, but it’s a cut above the rest.

  37. vv says:

    He is pretty incredible in True Detective. I am not a big fan of his but I am hooked on this show and I cannot rave about it enough. It’s filled the gap until Game of Thrones where my HBO watching is concerned but you gotta watch it. DO it! lol

  38. Pants says:

    He is FANTASTIC in True Detective. I recommend everyone watch it! I really like him, I’ll always have a soft spot for him.

  39. joan says:

    True Detective is killing it — he’s gorgeous younger and doesn’t even seem like the same person older. Amazing — he’s showing such range lately.

    And he’s so charming. On Guy Fieri’s cooking show he absolutely was adorable and could cook. You just want to hang out with him. Unlike Leo, et al.

  40. AMD says:

    “Also: I love that Matthew talks about his wife. That’s one thing that he genuinely has on Leo that works in MM’s favor: he has a loving, supporting wife (who isn’t in her early 20s) and he’s the father of three beautiful children. The Academy prefers that to Leo’s modelizing.”
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Well, Matthew had no choice but to start a family. Camila started popping out those kids long before they were married(more power to her).
    The Academy should have only one thing on their minds when they vote and that’s the PERFORMANCE of the actor but I know that it’s not all about PERFOMANCES or Leo would have won a long time ago!!

  41. homegrrrrl says:

    I finally watched DBC this weekend; his performance was oscar worthy, really, not a doubt.

  42. Isabelle says:

    Leo IMO was playing Leo in WOWS. Matthew put in a much better performance and delivered an Oscar worthy performance this season. Leo shouldn’t get the awarded for deserved past performances, he should be judged on WOWS solely and IMO he didn’t deliver the better performance. Leo really needs to venture away from Scorsese, push his boundaries he’s a good actor but is limiting himself. I’m a forever fan of MM after True Detective. It’s the best current show on TV, with some of the most brilliant dialogue to ever be on TV and it’s mostly due to it’s incredible acting & writing. True Detective is his best performance yet

  43. Serena says:

    if it`s against leo I hope he wins.