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Matthew McConaughey Thanks God And His Hero, Matthew McConaughey, For His Oscar

by David Badash on March 3, 2014

in Celebrities,News

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Matthew McConaughey at Sunday night’s Oscars delivered what Us Weekly called a “touching” speech, and what Time called “confounding” and a “semi-bizarre tale about his inner life.” Some are praising it because he mentioned God, while others are mocking it.

I’ll just say that McConaughey didn’t mention HIV/AIDS once in his speech. Given that he won the “Best Actor” award for he playing a person with AIDS in “Dallas Buyers Club,” you’d think maybe he could have paused his self-indulgent, self-congratulatory, self-obessed speech to mention — as did Jared Leto, who also won an Oscar playing a person with AIDS in “Dallas Buyers Club” — the “36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS.”

WATCH: Jared Leto Dedicates Oscar To LGBT People And ‘36 Million Who Have Lost The Battle To AIDS’

But instead, McConaughey talked about the three things he needs: “someone to look up to,” “something to look forward to” and “someone to chase.”

While actors get about two minutes to make their Oscar speeches, usually they take those precious moments to thank those who helped them along the way — their agents, their spouses and families, for instance — and many use that time, as Leto did, to highlight causes that are near and dear to their hearts, as Leto did, and to inspire the world, as Lupita Nyong’o’s amazing speech for winning Best Supporting Actress for her role in “12 Years A Slave” did.

“It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s,” Nyong’o said.

McConaughey certainly honored his family, and God, but the manner in which he did ended up feeling like he merely was pushing pseudo-science and patting himself on the back.

“Now, first off, I want to thank God, ’cause that’s who I look up to,” McConaughey told the millions of people watching around the world.

“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 got a friend. And that friend is you.’”

The Independent put it, “Matthew McConaughey thanks himself in Best Actor Oscars 2014 acceptance speech,” while Vogue wrote that “Magic Matt was as upbeat as a man would have to be when his self-absorption isn’t just actorly but cosmic.”

I noticed recently that McConaughey, as he toured the talk shows advertising “Dallas Buyers Club” ahead of the Oscars, has taken one more role: that of a spiritual and career advisor to the acting community. While some may see him as a leader — with or without his Oscar — many see him as a so-so actor who was good in “Contact.”

While I may not be a person of faith, I’d like to believe that Jesus, were he in McConaughey’s shoes last night, would have mentioned the “36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS,” and all those who need our help and attention.



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PaulUK2901 March 3, 2014 at 10:20 am

Thankfully, I will never get to meet Mr McConaughey. Someone who can present that speech in front of millions of viewers has zero self awareness. What a plonker.

JayJonson March 3, 2014 at 12:20 pm

McConaughey revealed himself as a narcissistic bible-thumper.

Gregorianchants March 3, 2014 at 12:39 pm

<div id="idc-comment-msg-div-800593176" class="idc-message"><a class="idc-close" title="Click to Close Message" href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(800593176)"><span>Close Message</span> Comment posted. <p class="idc-nomargin"><a class="idc-share-facebook" target="_new" href="; style="text-decoration: none;"><span class="idc-share-inner"><span>Share on Facebook</span></span> or <a href="javascript: IDC.ui.close_message(800593176)">Close MessageYes, as many celebrities do fall into the trap of ego-centrism, I do personally believe in the infinite flow of the basic law of attraction…there's a balance and the speeches of Jared's and others make up for those who are caught up in the moment, or insecure nervousness to speak publicly,(it is named to be the number one greatest fear in humans). It made for a great eye catching article for this internet media forum. Can you imagine how many ignorant humans will assume that he is a gay man with AIDS now? After all he hasn't even gained back the weight he lost for the character, and we all know people with AIDS are emaciated? Hard to believe, such ignorance exists, but ever true. Nobody knows what personal demons he may be dealing with at the moment and how they may relate to this, still (unfortunately) very controversial subject and time frame. I am one of the fortunate ones thus far (HIV Negative) and have seen so many friends, including my first partner of six years die in 1988. I applaud the movie and all of it's efforts in remembering a time when a positive result was a death sentence. Peace and Gratitude.

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