Oscars 2014: Matthew McConaughey wins best actor for ‘Dallas Buyer’s Club’

Matthew McConaughey attends a Q&A session for Dallas Buyers Club and Mud

Matthew McConaughey has taken home the best actor statue for his transformative portrayal of AIDS victim turned advocate entrepreneur Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyer’s Club. McConaughey has swept the best actor category this year, taking home a SAG, Globe and Independent Spirit Award, so this win was expected for him. Of course we also expect McConaughey to give a colorful speech. At the SAGs he talked about taking a ride in a spaceship to Neptune and at last night’s Spirit Awards he gave a very long speech about the nature of independent film. Tonight he tried to rein it in a little, but he spoke quickly and remained highly entertaining. McConaughey really loves a good turn of phrase and he loves to tell a story. Here’s some of his speech, which had a rough kind of theme that seemed like he was fleshing out on the fly.

There’s about three things… that I need each day. One of them is something to look up to, another is something to look forward to, and another is something to chase. First off I want to thank God because that’s who I look up. He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand. He has shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late Charlie Laughton who said “When you’ve got God you’ve got a friend, and that friend is you…”

To my father who I know he’s up there right now with a big pot of gumbo, I know he’s in his underwear and he’s got a cold can of Miller Light and he’s dancing right now. To you dad, you taught me what it means to be a man… To my [family] you are the four people in my life that I want to make the most proud of me.

To my hero, that’s who I chase. When I was 15 years old I had a very important person in my life come to me and say ‘who’s your hero,’ and I said ‘I’m not going to think about that, give me a couple of weeks.’ I come back two weeks later this person comes up and says ‘who’s your hero’ and I thought about it… ‘it’s me in ten years.’ So I turn 25 ten years later and that same person comes back to me and says ‘are you a hero?’ and I was like ‘not even close. My hero’s me at 35…’ My hero’s always 10 years away. I’m never going to be a hero. I’m never going to obtain that, I know I’m not.

So to any of that, whatever it is we’re chasing… to that I say “alright, alright, alright.”

McConaughey was floundering in romcoms for a while, then he became a dad, took some time off and waited until some meatier roles came his way. He’ll tell you about it in his inventive way, and he won’t disrespect his earlier roles. Congratulations to Matthew, he really brought it for Dallas Buyer’s Club, and it was much more than extreme weight loss. He became that character in a incredible film that took 20 years to get made. And now he can add “Academy Award Winner” before his name.

Update: Here’s video of McConaughey’s speech:

A disheveled Matthew McConaughey gets arrested in scenes for 'The Dallas Buyers Club' in New Orleans

The 2014 Film Independent Spirits Awards

'Dallas Buyers Club' Berlin Photocall

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  1. SayWhat? says:

    Sigh….there goes Chewy :(

    Congrats to Matthew

    • karmasabiatch! says:

      ‘Sigh’…Matthew’s was by far the better performance. Thank God that he, too, wasn’t robbed by the unwatchable 12YaS. The win for BP was racially and politically motivated, which makes me ill. Let the films win on their own merit, not bc they’re “PC”.

      • allheavens says:

        Your racism is showing.

      • karmasabiatch! says:

        Mutiple posts, sorry!

      • karmasabiatch! says:

        My taste for superior performances is showing. SO sorry if that offends you.

      • Leah says:

        Unfortunately statistics would prove you wrong. This is the first time in the 86 years of the history of the academy awards that a black director has won best movie. In those 86 years only 4 black actors have won best actor, and no black women has ever won best actress ( the women who won has won in the supporting category). No black director has ever won best director.
        As far as stories about slavery goes, correct me if i am wrong but this would be the first oscar winning movie about slavery since gone with the wind ( 1939). And the first slavery movie where the protagonist is black, and not concerned with primarily telling the story of a white protagonist fighting to abolish slavery.
        So no, based on statistics one cannot claim that the academy pander to minorities on the back of political correctness. Quite the contrary. If you want to win an oscar its still 99% a safer bet to be white ( and male, the first female to win best director only happened in 2009).

      • Delorb says:

        Thank goodness you didn’t get a vote.

      • karmasabiatch! says:


        Thank goodness you didn’t, either. :D

      • Ag-UK says:

        Halle Berry won best actress several years ago but nothing really since

      • Shijel says:

        You paint it like 12YAS only won because it’s got a black director and a predominantly black cast. I’m glad that black people are slowly starting to get un-shafted in the Academy awards, god knows there are so many brillian performances and directorial efforts that go unrecognised due to the ethnicity of the people behind them, but 12YAS is not THE film. 12YAS and the performances in it were not superior enough to warrant a win. The message was profound, but the message itself doesn’t make a film of medium to good quality film worthy of ‘best film’.
        I love me some Chiwetel. You should see him in The Shadow Line, just wow, and in Children of Men. But this wasn’t his best performance. I’m glad Lupita won because while I don’t think her role was anything special, her ‘soap’ scene as a heart-render and for that alone she deserves the award, but that’s it. The film is not McQueen’s best effort, nor Chiwetel’s, nor Fassbender’s. McQueen’s best film in this poster’s opinion continues to be ‘Hunger’ in which he really, really managed to squeeze every last drop of emotion out of his actors onto the screen.

    • Side-Eye says:

      Unwatchable? Girl, what in the hell are you even blathering on about? Maybe you didn’t think it was Oscar-worthy, but to speak as though this movie wasn’t something with an excellent combination of direction and acting, or as if it was some simple Lifetime movie/torture porn? Please, sit the hell down, none of your responding comments were any more intelligent, and sounded like a determinedly contrarion teen.

      • MCraw says:

        Ignore the troll. Don’t feed it. Don’t water it. Don’t acknowledge it’s existence.

        I’m glad Matthew won. At first I was against it, wanting Chiwetel to win, but hearing his entertaining speech, I had to concede. Idk if Ejiofor will have this opportunity again, but I’m not mad at Matthew for that.

  2. Dbradfo says:

    I thought he was okay in the movies

  3. pru says:

    And the award for the most rambling speech goes to….

  4. islandwalker says:

    I am happy with all of the winners this time. That’s a first. Never cared for McConaughey but the work he did in DBC and now in True Dective is blowing me away. Congrats to all the winners.

    • ivy says:

      Yeah, I have yet to see DBC, but he is AMAZING in True Detective.

    • karmasabiatch! says:

      Seriously! He’s doing some of his best work in films and TV, right now. ‘Alright, alright, alright’!

      • allheavens says:

        Chiwetel brought devastating anguish and quite power to a role that was very contained. His use of his eyes to convene his plight alone was Oscar worthy. If Chiwetel was not going to win then the Oscar should have gone to Leo.

        Between Matthew and Leo, Leo gave the better performance. Leo’s performance could have fell into charicature but he managed to walk that very thin line. His performance did not beg for forgiveness nor understanding while giving the audience a look into the foibles, frailties and f$&kerary that comes with money and power.

        Matthew’s work was good, it was solid but not much of a stretch. How many times has he played the charming, errant, good ole boy, only this tme he was the charming, errant, good ole boy with AIDS. His work in True Detective is better.

        But Matthew smoozed his ass off during awards season. He wanted it badly and he got it. Only wish he had done it with a little more dignity.

  5. SonjaMarmeladova says:

    Too bad for Chiwetel.

    What and to whom was Jennifer shouting at the beginning?

  6. rainy17 says:

    I was impressed by how much he loves his family. They seem to ground him after so many years of being the wild child.

  7. lunchcoma says:

    The award for Best True Detective goes for the guy who talks like Rust Cohle, if Rust Cohle was on anti-depressants.

  8. ViktoryGin says:

    He has had such an amazing protracted comeback. So glad that he’s receiving his due.

  9. Down and Out says:

    And the Leo/Oscar tumblr meme shall continue…

  10. TG says:

    So Matthew rounded has now become a preacher. I guess that is fitting since he worships at the house of Matthew McConaughy. So his hero is himself. Well at least he is probably the most honest of all of them with his self-love. He also has never gotten any of his hot back. Ugh.

  11. Diana says:

    I’m so happy is ridiculous! he totally deserved it and his speach was great.

  12. Lilyvanilli says:

    He cleaned up this awards season because his work was outstanding in this film. I hope these roles keep him out of rom coms which never really suited him

  13. delphi says:

    He said “Alright, alright, alright”. Proof positive he’s humble enough to still use his silly tagline from almost *gulp* 20 years ago.

    I’d hoped Chiwetel would win, but how can you be upset that Matt won? “Buyers” was a great film, and this was a great turnaround role in a long career.

    I doubt this is the last we’ll see “Chewy” come awards season. ;)

    • Maria says:

      I was rootin’ for either one of those guys. I was kind of afraid of Chiwetel getting it and then having his career suffer from the Oscar curse by getting it so soon in his career. I want to see him continue to build his marvelous career and then get his moment just like Matthew did tonight. He’s talented, so it’s bound to.

  14. Anna says:

    I found his speech way too long and I wish Chiwetel had won

  15. dcypher1 says:

    Haha Leo dicrapio. The nice humble family won. The academy voters don’t want to pick a womanizer who’s kinda full of himself. He’s a good actor but his personal life I think ruins his chances of winning.

  16. Adrien says:

    I was hoping for Leo but Matthew’s alright. Haven’t really seen DBC. Anyone who bounces back aand improve his craft after Sahara, Failure to Launch and How to Lose a Guy deserves all the respect. Congrats!

  17. ItSetsYou says:

    Congrats to Matthew, well deserverd!

    But where is Kanye when you need him? #PoorLeo

    • RK says:

      Lol i can actually picture that,
      “Yo, Matthew I’m happy for you and Imma let you finish but Leonardo had one of the best pefomances of all time. OF ALL TIME.”
      Anyway I’ happy 12YAS won best picture, Cuarón best director and Lupita for Supporting Actress. They all deserved it

  18. Jade says:

    I can’t say I’m happy he won, but I can say how happy I am Leo lost! Yayyyyy :)

  19. Tessy says:

    I love Matthew, but I kind of cringed when he was hugging people I thought all his orange was going to rub off on their clothes.

  20. Em says:

    Chiwetel should have won. So predictable though. Matthew can make them more money. He is just a more commercial actor.

  21. Nene says:

    I knew it. The Academy always always considers the actors/actresses who lost a bazillion amount of weight for a role. It’s become a trend in Hollywood. I don’t want to list the names because we know them and they are usually the ones who campaign like their lifes depend on it. Which in a way it does.*
    Anyway am quite happy for Matthew if for nothing else for how he turned his carreer around and I guess it’s one of the reasons he was rewarded with the Oscar.

    Congrates to TYAS on their wins- it was truly deserving.
    To Leo Dicaprio, the struggle continues… A good actor whose time I know will come soon. Same goes for Chiwetel.

    • Ag-UK says:

      I get your point however losing weight won’t guarantee you an Oscar the performance has to be there as well. If you truly want to go on his journey in the film the weight loss was crucial. I am not sure the age of most on This site but and seen anyone with full blown AIDS his portrayal was accurate. He couldn’t be How to lose a guy in 10 days Matthew he wouldnt be believable I know I wouldn’t believe it and probably would have walked out.

    • Tammy says:

      Okay it had nothing to do with him losing a lot of weight for a role but how the guy from Dazed & Confused transformed himself into an actor deserving of an Oscar.

  22. brionne says:

    Have been a fan of Matthew since A Time To Kill and Amistad. He has a bohemian southern gentleman cool sexy thing going on. I think it’s time he got his due. He seems to have lost some of his looks though due to the severe transformation…something about his eyes changed. I pray his health is ok.

    I love Chewetel too, since Kinky Boots and American Gangster and Salt and 2012. He is an awesome actor. Hopefully he will have more opportunities.

  23. truthful says:

    So happy for him, he became this role, he also made me more aware of what patients went thru back then, that wretchet AZT, is what we believe did my uncle in quick, fast and in a hurry. What a brave role

    This movie had me crying and laughing, I wanted him to win sooo bad and I am happy.

    shoutout to Jared Leto, he’s tiny but he is so cute and talented.

  24. serena says:

    I’m happy for him, at least it didn’t go to Leo (good thing).

    • Lolita says:

      whats wrong with Leo?? He is a good actor and seems to be a humble guy. IDG the hate.

      • Valerie says:

        Thanks Lolita, I agree. I think a lot of people on this site hold his personal life against him, as if that has any affect on his acting ability. Personally, I’d rather he be a modelizer than someone who has a family for appearances and has a reputation for philandering and is an absentee dad.

        I thought McConaughey gave a fantastic performance but that Leo still edged him out and I was hoping for a Leo win. Leo did not “play Leo” as some people have said before in the comments; he became Jordan Belfont and really poured himself into this role. You can tell there was also a good amount of improv, which is a sign of a great actor – one who knows the character so well that he ends up changing the scene for the better.

        It’s sad when Leo, who is a brilliant actor and is one of the best – if not the best – of his generation, has the same number of Oscars that I do. At this rate, I hope his first recognition from the Academy isn’t for a lifetime achievement award.

      • Shannon1972 says:

        Leo is a brilliant actor, and he will get his oscar. This year belonged to MM and DBC, and Leo probably knew that going in. There was just a ton of momentum behind that movie, and I think the performances were brilliant. I don’t think this was a particularly strong year for Leo, but I have no doubt that his day will come.

        As for his social life, not getting the hate there either. I don’t think he’s really reviled here for it. Many of us have acknowleged that he dates models, he likes models and they like him. I don’t remember any of them coming out of a relationship with him having anything but nice things to say. So I don’t judge. He’s living life as he sees fit, and it doesn’t seem like he’s harming anyone. So I doubt that had any bearing on his oscar chances this year.
        Matthew was just better in a better movie, IMO.

      • jeranel says:

        Nothing is wrong with Leo. He just has NO image for the masses to drool over like B & A do. He also doesnt run after other stars on the red carpet and bark about how wonderful they are and shake everybody’s hand. But if Marty Scorsese uses you, you can’t be bad. And Marty loves him. He is a mad -crazy environmentalist too. I mean he is serious as hell about that stuff but he doesnt use it as a way to promote himself. And the models….could be just beards, some think he might be gay. OR he just doesnt want to get too serious and settle down. I don’t care either way.

  25. Green Eyes says:

    Dallas Buyers Club was a very good movie. Watched it several times w/ family & different friends..each time all in agreement MM acted his arse off.. He was so good you didn’t even think of it as MM the actor portraying a character, you just saw a flawed man coming to grips w/ his own mortality. Along the way the character discovers compassion and humanity, so a guy you want to start out hating becomes a staple in the fight that most other than Drs didn’t like to discuss. Great acting on MM’s part. All Actors nominated where good, but nice to see MM come back to movies that are hard hitting. As for his speech, I got it. And he got the order right God (no matter what religion you follow), Family (your parents, partner, kids..whomever keeps you centered, focused, and gives you purpose) and always improving one self.. (Striving to be the best you can constantly setting new goals to obtain in that improvement).

    • Jayna says:

      Exactly. I never even saw Matthew in the movie, which is very hard for a well-known actor to do, disappear so completely into a character you forget who you are watching. Like I’ve said, there are so many layers to his character and he was just spot on and never overplayed any scenes.

  26. elo says:

    Maybe it’s because I’m from Texas and get his charm, but I still think he is so smoking hot. I didn’t watch last night, but in retrospect would have tuned in just to hear him say “alright, alright, alright”. Swoon.

  27. Calabar says:

    I loved his Speech. He thanked his fellow nominees, his cast members and made it about himself. Which he should, he worked hard and he is tooting his own horn. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. None of that false nonsense.

    I swear people criticize and hate on everything. If you have worked hard, you should be proud of your accomplishments.

  28. Calabar says:

    LEO will get his someday. Bottom line we all can agree that Leo is up there with the Deniros and Denzel……..

  29. Nicolette says:

    I happen to find his speech very endearing.

  30. Shannon1972 says:

    Who would have thought way back when? 90′s kids rejoice – David Wooderson and Jordan Catalano won Oscars last night! Slackers no more. :)
    My high school self is moodily leaning on a locker, listening to 90′s alt rock play on her Sony Discman in tribute (the celebratory doob is hidden in her granny boots).
    “Alright, alright, alright” indeed!

  31. JS98765 says:

    He actually said thanks to God right in front of hndred of Hollywood folks! Now *that* takes courage. He got very little applause, but if he had said “I have decided to let my sexual desires control my behavior” he would have received a rousing standing ovation.

  32. Maggie says:

    He deserved to win. His wife looked amazing.

  33. joan says:

    He may have benefited from “True Detective” being on — in that he goes from gorgeous and young to haggard and old and you swear his features have changed, he looks so different at each age. [Not that the stodgy voters would be on HBO but maybe they got the word from edgier ones.]

    And in “Dallas” he looked totally different from either of those looks — he seems like he’s the character and not himself.

    So he really can act.

  34. JackOfficer says:

    i liked matthew mcconaughey till i heard this rambling bullshit. if someone at your work place said this to you you would just slap them in the face, tell em to shut-up and call them a ‘douche’…
    yea, and i really believe his story, the same person asked him that dumb shit 15 years later…lol

  35. jeranel says:


  36. jeranel says:

    Matt’s word were awesome!!!!! “He (God) has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand. He has shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.”

  37. Marta says:

    This is joke. He is very average actor.Leo was great