Year Of Matthew McConaughey: Celebrating The Oscar Nominee’s Career Makeover

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4. Take risks. 

The Academy loves a transformation, and 2013 McConaughey delivered memorable personal and physical changes in Dallas Buyers Club. By losing some 38 pounds he became a shell of his former self, raw and exposed, but managed to find the strength to portray a man whose HIV diagnosis was simply the beginning of a second life. With the old McConaughey we may have gotten caught up in the physical–prying for detailed accounts of the noted gym rat’s weight loss routine–but instead we’re left more impressed by his ability to float between giving true Texan charm and real vulnerability, creating a face for the disease that’s taken millions.

5. Always remember your roots.

Despite being about the last night of high school in a small town, the low budget film has had a huge effect on Hollywood and McConaughey 20 years later. It’s why he praised director Richard Linklater (whom he worked with again on Bernie) during his Inside the Actor’s Studio chat, and why he quoted the illustrious Wooderson during his Golden Globe acceptance speech.

Will McConaughey be rewarded for what entertainment writers have playfully dubbed the “McConaissance”? Find out when the Oscars air on Sunday, March 2 at 8:30 pm on ABC.

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