Matthew McConaughey's Best Actor Acceptance Speech: The Best or...

Matthew McConaughey's Best Actor Acceptance Speech: The Best or Worst Of All Time?

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Dependent on your personal philosophy and threshold for egomania Matthew Mcconaughey’s Oscar speech has been described as the best, and worst, acceptance speech ever. McConaughey took to the stage after finding out that he had won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club. He thanked the usual suspects, ‘all 6,000 members’ of the Academy, his co-stars Jared Leto (who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor) and Jennifer Garner, his director Jean-Marc Vallee and his wife and children.

matthew mcconaughey oscars speechMcConaughey also won the Screen Actors Guild award for Dallas Buyers Club

McConaughey then launched into an impressively structured monologue, explaining the three things that he needs to live his life: "One of them is something to look up to, another is something to look forward to and another is someone to chase." First on his list was his God, who he said "has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand" - apart from the screenwriter, casting director, director and any others involved in the production of the movie, and indeed any other movie McConaughey has starred in, including himself (surprisingly).

Matthew also sentimentally added that he looks up to his family, reminiscing about his late father, thanking his mother for teaching him to respect himself and in the process others, and his wife Camilla and their children, who he strives to always make proud. Matthew then turned to telling an anecdote about when he was 15 years old and someone he know had asked him who his hero was. After taking a couple of weeks to consider, Matthew decided that his hero was...*drum roll*...erm, himself. In ten years time.

Then ten years later when he realised he still wasn’t his own hero, he gave himself another ten years, and henceforth shall it always be until Matthew McConaughey finally feels sufficiently successful to finally be worthy of being his own idol. Sure, why not? We all need something to aspire to, why shouldn’t it be becoming your own hero?  Although it doesn’t hurt to acknowledge greatness in others sometimes, too.

Matthew McConaugheyMatthew McConaughey Thanked God, His Wife, Children, and the Academy

The speech ended with McConaughey once again addressing the three things: "So, to any of us, whatever those things are, whatever we look up to, whatever it is we look forward to and whoever it is we’re chasing - to that I say, alright, alright, alright. And then I say, just keep livin’.” “Alright, alright, alright” was a line made famous by the actor in his 1993 breakthrough role in the movie Dazed and Confused, and it seemed apt and humble of him to remember quite how far he has come in the 21 years since it’s release.

What did you make of Matthew McConaughey’s Oscars speech? Do you agree with the masses that it was an impassioned, well-composed piece?


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Trespassers Wil...

It's MM's job to be charismatic and likable. He's talented, and lately played better roles than his "dig me" bullshit roles he took before...but that was the path to the Academy Awards. "Mr. Perfect" doesn't get awards these days..."Mr. Talented" does and he deserved the award for his part for playing a flawed, less attractive real-life human being who made a change and did some great things. He played the guy. It was his job. He did it well. But compare this to Peter Dinklage of "Game of Thrones" and Dinklage says that he wasn't lucky because he worked hard in a world and industry that was against him, but his luck happened through the people who surround him and for whom he is grateful. From a psych perspective, MM has too many "red flags" in his career and personal life to be coincidence, and his obligatory mention of "God" was just that: obligatory, because, had it been real, MM would see his crew, etc similarly to an actor who had suffered for his craft in a situation where he was unlikely ever to be able to use his gifts...other than to play a fumbling dwarf and nothing more. The difference becomes apparent. I like MM's latest films and respect him as an actor...but I also know from the inside what it takes to succeed in that business and it's usually narcissism if not full-blown sociopathy if that actor has not had and maintained healthy relationships before their fame that continued afterwards as well. In a famous discussion, even Kirk Douglas, actor, had to remind John Wayne, movie star, that he was NOT the person he was in the films, and not to pretend to be that person in real life, after Wayne made fun of Douglas for playing that "sissy painter", Van Gogh. Ironically, John Wayne's real name was Marion Morrison, so he really wasn't the person he played. However, for his part in "Lust For Life" in 1957, Douglas was nominated for an Academy Award while the Oscars were snubbing Wayne. It wasn't until after that "come down" that Wayne started seeking different roles too, but he was so typecast that he wasn't well received in films like "McQ" because he was still paying the him as the hero, and finally netting an Oscar for portraying someone he was completely unlike and was uncommonly good at it. I think the industry want Wayne to have the Oscar but he really did deserve it...finally. MM followed that pattern, as every leading man who wants to ACT and not STAR necessarily to become good at their craft, which they HAVE to do for the road for the Oscar. Wasn't an accident.

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Mario Aguilar

A smug pompous jackass

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Matthew Heminger

It was a wonderful speech and if you did not like it then I think you may have a wizened tiny little soul

1 year 3 weeks ago
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Glen Moon

I thought it was excellent. I liked the fact that he believes in a Higher Power and loved it when he said, "So, to any of us, whatever those things are, whatever we look up to, whatever it is we look forward to and whoever it is we’re chasing - to that I say, alright, alright, alright. And then I say, just keep livin’.” He has come a long way from Dazed and Confused. Good for him.

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Nick Hinz

What's wrong with holding yourself to a higher standard each and every day? His speech was honest, heart-felt, and deep. Pls, wouldn't you want to chase a better you after failure to launch?

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Nick Hinz

What's wrong with holding yourself to a higher standard each and every day? His speech was honest, heart-felt, and deep. Pls, wouldn't you want to chase a better you after failure to launch?

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georgettegeorgette

such ramblings come from a man who sounds mentally ill, or somehow disassociated, yet he must be able to function socially in order to work. i guess if he helps bring financial success to a project, for his employers his strangeness is worth putting up with.

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