When the Academy Awards were handed out Sunday night, half of this year’s acting Oscars went to performers in Dallas Buyers Club. It was a big night for the film and for Longview native Matthew McConaughey:
KERA radio story:
Dallas Buyers Club won three Oscars, including best actor for Matthew McConaughey and best supporting actor for Jared Leto.
Leto earned his award for playing a transgender person dying of AIDS in 1980s Dallas. In accepting it, he paid tribute to those who’ve died from the disease.
“This is for the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS and to those of you who’ve ever felt injustice because of who you are or who you love, tonight I stand here in front of the world with you and for you,” he said. “Thank you so much and good luck.”
Leto’s award is for his first acting performance in six years. But McConaughey’s comes at the culmination of two years of solid work, including roles in Mud, Killer Joe and Magic Mike as well as the HBO series True Detective.
McConaughey lost 40 pounds to play Ron Woodruff, the Dallas man who took his HIV treatment into his own hands.
From the stage, he said that there are three things he needs each day: something to look up to, something to look forward to and someone to chase.
“So to any of us, whatever those things are, whatever it is we look up to, whatever it is we look forward to and whoever it is we’re chasing – to that I say Amen, to that I say alright, alright, alright. And to that I say just keep livin’ huh. Thank you,” he said.
In addition to the two acting trophies, Dallas Buyers Club also earned the Oscar for makeup and hairstyling.