86th Oscars, Matthew McConaughey
86th Oscars - After winning the category Performance by an actor in a Leading role for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club”, actor Matthew McConaughey poses backstage with his Oscar® ©2014 A.M.P.A.S.

Last night Matthew McConaughey won an Oscar for Actor in a Leading Role in Dallas Buyers Club. After picking up the award on stage the press caught up with him to get his reaction.

The film is set in 1985 Dallas and concerns an electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof, played by Matthew McConaughey. He works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.

What it feels to have your first one with your first nomination right now with you?

Dallas Buyers Club - Matthew McConaughey
Dallas Buyers Club – Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) ©2013 Focus Features

Matthew: Feels… I’m not going to say surreal. I did not expect it. It’s a bit of the end of a journey with this film that I mean, the script that came across my desk four years ago.

This being Dallas Buyers Club, when we did the film, it was on my desk five years ago, that we finally got made two years ago, it sort of feels like a bit of a culmination. Not really a destination as far as work goes, but the movie, the script, no one wanted to make it for 20 years.

It got turned down 137 times. And then it came across my desk, I jumped on with the team that was trying to get it made and we somehow got it made and got it across the line. That was a minor miracle in itself, so that felt great.

When Jennifer Lawrence was walking out to present you with the Oscar, she kind of said something to you, you were kind of laughing.

Matthew: Because she was talking to Jared because Ellen was on the side. You know, Ellen had earlier made the joke about Jennifer tripping last year. Ellen was on the side when Jen was walking out going uh, uh, uh, uh and Jared was laughing at Ellen.

So she yelled over to Jared like, what? That’s what that was about.

This time in your life when your children talk to you about it and how it’s been, what do you want them to take away from it? What would you share with them about it?

Matthew: Well, here’s what we share with them because they understand that Papai goes to work, plays make believe, they understand there’s a difference between reality and movies.

They also understand that Papai can be in more than one place at one time, meaning I’m there in the kitchen and then all of a sudden I’m on the screen, that was a big shock when they first saw that as kids.

I took him to set on Lincoln Lawyer and let him watch a scene, and then would run him back behind the monitor and say, now watch, and he noticed it was the exact same thing that he had seen.

So for him it was a magic trick. He can be in more than one place at one time. So, they understand what it is.


Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online