When Matthew McConaughey came to the stage to accept the Best Actor award for his role as Ron Woodroof, an HIV-positive man in "Dallas Buyers Club" at the Oscars on March 2, 2014, most people in the audience expected a typical acceptance speech.
Acceptance speeches at the Oscars are often predictable, repetitive, dull and long-winded. The typical acceptance speech starts with the words, "I'd like to thank the Academy," before naming all of the people who have helped the award winner on the journey to the red carpet.
The Oscars aren't geared toward family viewing, although some families watch the annual award show together. At the 86th annual Oscars, one speech stood out for Christian parents everywhere.
When McConaughey began speaking, it quickly became apparent to those watching at the Oscars and at home that this wasn't a typical Oscars acceptance speech.
McConaughey's speech began with the expected words of thanks to the Academy, his director and co-stars. Then McConaughey continued, "There are three things that I need each day. One, I need something to look up to, another to look forward to, and another is someone to chase."
There was a noticeable silence at first when McConaughey said, "First off, I want to thank God because that's who I look up. He's graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or of any other hand. He's shown me that it's a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates."
Polite applause followed these words from McConaughey. However, the words quickly went viral on social media, trending on Twitter.
McConaughey went on to thank his father, "To my family is to what I look forward to. To my father who I know is up there right now with a big pot of gumbo, he has a big lemon meringue pie over there. He's probably in his underwear and has a big can of Miller Lite and he's dancing right now. To you dad, you taught me how to be a man."
Pointing to his mom, McConaughey thanked her, "To my mother who's here tonight, who taught me and my two older brothers -- demanded -- that we respect ourselves. And in turn we learned we were better able to learn how to respect others. Thank you for that mama."
McConaughey thanked his wife and children as he said, "To my wife, Camilla, and my kids Levi, Vida and Mr. Stone (Livingstone), the courage you give me every time I walk through the door is unparallelled. You are the four people in my life that I want to make the most proud of me. Thank you."
Christian parents rarely turn to Hollywood when looking for role models to hold up to their children. Matthew McConaughey may be the exception as his praise for God and family would make any parent proud.