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Matthew McConaughey's Best Actor speech at Oscars 2014 is unique

Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
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Matthew McConaughey won the Best Actor in a leading role for his performance as Ron Woodroof in “Dallas Buyer’s Club” on Sunday night, according to Time on Sunday night. His acceptance speech may be more memorable than even his outstanding performance in the movie in years to come.

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In his very organized acceptance speech, McConaughey thanked the Academy – all 6,000 members and his well-deserving fellow-nominees in the Best Actor category. He also thanked his director and co-actor in the film.

Then he broke into a talk about the three things in his life he needs each day. He said those three things are something to look up to, something to look forward to, and someone to chase. God is the one he looks up to, and he thanked Him for the opportunities he has in his life. His family, he continued, is who he looks forward to – and he says they are the ones he wants to make most proud.

On the lighter side, he mentioned his father who is deceased, and he said his father is up in heaven "with a big pot of gumbo, a lemon meringe pie... probably in his underwear, and a cold can of Miller Lite - and he's dancin'." He thanked his father for teaching him to be a man, and thanked his mother for demanding that he and his older brothers respect themselves - so they would learn to be better able to respect others.

Quite introspectively, he said that the one he chases is himself - in ten years. He admits that he will never catch himself, but it keeps him going. And to that, he said, “Amen, all right, all right, all right.”