The Top 10 Breakthroughs Of 2012
#2: Matthew McConaughey
It's hard to even fathom the huge change that has taken us from 2009's Ghost of Girlfriends Past star Matthew McConaughey to 2012's potential Oscar nominee Matthew McConaughey. There's one tiny bit of connective tissue there in last year's smart legal drama The Lincoln Lawyer, but the way McConaughey mined his charisma in that film was only a fraction of what we've seen this year, in the one-two-three-four punch of Bernie, Magic Mike, Killer Joe and The Paperboy. Even though Magic Mike is the only one of those movies that's been widely seen, it was more than enough to get that Oscar buzz rolling, and to remind audiences in a single line of dialogue in the trailer ("I see a lot of lawbreakers up in this house tonight…") why we made him a movie star to begin with. It's fantastic having him back.
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