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Matthew McConaughey wins SAG Award for 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Actor Matthew McConaughey has just won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance for his role in by an Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in "Dallas Buyers Club" on Jan. 17, 2014, at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. The Screen Actors Guild Awards are presented by the SAG-AFTRA Guild and honors the best in television and film. Tonight’s show was simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.

Cast and crew of 'Dallas Buyers Club.'
Cast and crew of 'Dallas Buyers Club.'
Photography by Focus Features
Matthew McConaughey wins SAG Award for 'Dallas Buyers Club'
Photograph by Focus Features

Accepting his first SAG Award win, Matthew stepped up to the stage with a spring in his step. "There is a magic spot that actors can get to. That doesn't always happen. It's a glorious feeling."

"Dallas Buyers Club" is set in Dallas in 1985. It is the true story of an electrician and Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) that is diagnosed with AIDS and given only a month to live. He works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need despite his own illness.

This is the first SAG Award win and second nomination for Matthew McConaughey. He is also nominated tonight for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for "Dallas Buyers Club."

Also nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role were:

"Dallas Buyers Club" was nominated for 3 Screen Actors Awards this evening, including nominations for:

  • Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Jared Leto

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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com