All right all right all right, Matthew McConaughey must be on top of the world right now (no offense, James Cameron). He's finally won an Academy Award for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, he's kicking ass on True Detective, he's got a gorgeous wife and three beautiful children ... does life really get any better?
Hard to say how he was feeling when he took the stage to give his thank-you speech. Granted, the dude seemed ecstastic, and part of this could be blamed on me being bleary-eyed and somewhat buzzed after a way-too-long telecast, but it was definitely one of the most, um, interesting speeches we heard that nighrt.
His hero is ... himself in the future? Does that make him modest or arrogant? And of course no one can stop talking about the fact that he mentioned God in his speech. Seriously, this is what people are talking about?
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You know what I think? (Because you know you asked?) People need to back off. Though his speech may have seemed a tad weird, there's no doubt that it came from a genuine place. Seems to me like people think of him as they do Anne Hathaway: When they try to be endearing, they actually come off as really annoying. But there's always been something inherently goofy and, dare I say, ditzy about McConaughey. I kind of feel like if I ever met him, I'd want to take a nap immediately afterward.
And he did bring up God in probably one of the biggest rooms full of non-believers in the United States. It ideally shouldn't make anyone feel any differently about him, and the dude should feel free to thank whoever he wants to thank. He didn't go around quoting Scripture or talk about what a god-less hell hole this country has become or anything like that. A lot of people supported his declaration, while others couldn't help but scratch their heads about it:
Facebook Christians posting about Matthew McConaughey thanking God last in Oscars speech. Little do they know, his movie was about AIDs.— Jenn Morey (@jennatouille) March 3, 2014
I guess God was so busy micromanaging Matthew McConaughey's career he forgot about Ukraine for a minute there.— Aaron Eves (@AaronEves) March 3, 2014
Well, at least we know why God didn't stop AIDS today, he helped Matthew McConaughey win an Oscar!— MrOzAtheist (@MrOzAtheist) March 3, 2014
Did Matthew McConaughey look up to god when he was playing bongos naked waking up his neighbors while stoned in the middle of life?— MAX BERNSTEIN (@GREATTRAGEDY) March 3, 2014
Is it only me that thinks that Matthew McConaughey sounded like Joel Osteen when he was giving his speech?— Matthew Shafrazian (@MatShafraz) March 3, 2014
Here's what he said: "First off, I want to thank God because that’s who I look up to. [God’s] graced my life with opportunities which I know are not of my hand or any other human kind. He has shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late [British actor] Charlie Laughton, who said, 'When you got God you got a friend and that friend is you.'"
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He did admit that he, or whatever version of himself is in the future, is his own hero, and it came off as strange, but I seriously don't know why people are so surprised. This is exactly the kind of speech everyone expected McConaughey to give. A little weird, a little obnoxious, a little controversial, but still real and hilarious. Come on, when your catchphrase is repeating "all right" three times in a row, we're not gonna get Shakespeare here. Better to be from the heart and honest than fake modest. This is Hollywood we're talkin' about, there's nothing modest about any of them. Plus, after co-star Jared Leto's amazing speech, McConaughey didn't really have much of a choice but to be his wonky self.
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What did you think of Matthew's speech? Obnoxious and selfish or endearing and honest?
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