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Are you Australian? Did you illegally download Dallas Buyers Club? Then you could owe a Hollywood studio some money.
After nearly a decade of being trapped in thankless, critically-reviled romantic comedies, the Texas star has rejuvenated his life as an actor and tonight has won the Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role thanks to his performance in Dallas Buyers Club.
There's an air to Dallas Buyers Club's Oscar campaign that embracing the film means embracing the queer community that was horrendously slaughtered by the AIDS epidemic, and still faces struggles in modern America. But the truth is Dallas Buyers Club actually re-enforces a dangerous message that not only excuses homophobia, but actually promotes it.
Even if he wasnít such an intelligent and humorous guy, McConaughey could still pull anything off after uttering those words that began his career back in Richard Linklaterís Dazed and Confused. (Hell, he could probably make Wooderson-y comments about high school girls and still come out ahead.) Throw in a ďJust keep living,Ē and youíve got viral video gold.
But seriously, when did it become routine for people attending awards ceremonies to just shout comments at actors on the stage? Itís disgraceful when supposed ďprofessionalĒ critics do it. Itís not much better when regular attendees take to heckling.
Dallas Buyers Club isnít the feel good movie of the year. Itís not a war cry for equal rights or a sobering historical narrative about the early years of HIV prevalence. Itís a film framed in rapid cut-tos, telling the story of an angular man with a vision that knew how to do a lot of things, but never how to give up.
My argument is that the category should have shifted from five nominees to three. That would increase competition. Imagine how tight this yearís Oscar race would be if Academy voters could only choose between Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle? Now THATís a race!
While the Academy Awards is the ceremony sure to earn the most ink over the coming weeks, the GLAAD Media Awards are an honor held more closely to the hearts of some. GLAAD's ceremony shines a spotlight on a part of the artistic community that has been forced into the shadows for too long.
In the film, McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, a hard-drinking, drug-taking sex fiend whose party lifestyle is cut short when heís diagnosed with HIV. Eventually, Woodroof becomes a crusader for more effective drugs that actually treat AIDS patients but that, for whatever reason, arenít approved by the FDA in our marketplace.
Every year, the Academy Awards and its voters honor screenwriters old and new by handing out the statue for the Best Original Screenplay, often while employing a lackluster script of its own. While it remains to be seen what kind of material host Ellen DeGeneres will be given, you can bet than the stage direction ďThis is the part where you danceĒ will show up more than a few times. Probably in between jokes about Christian Baleís gut, or his beard, or his hair.
Today we feature Best Supporting Actor. This is a thornier pack than last year, when all the nominees were previous winners, limiting the amount of actual competition between participants (Christoph Waltz ultimately won). This year there are no previous winners, three first-time nominees, and two second-time honorees.
By the time all is said and done, CinemaBlend will offer you the most comprehensive analysis of the entire Oscar field, all but guaranteeing you a win in your office Oscar pools. (Youíre welcome!)
The Screen Actors Guild held their annual award ceremony this evening, and long story short, the voting members really didnít favor one specific film. In fact, the only movie that took home multiple awards was Dallas Buyers Club. Both lead and supporting actors Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were honored by their peers, though that love didnít carry over to the overall film honors, which went to American Hustle.
The Golden Globes announced their winners on Sunday, revealing the biases and beliefs of the ninety-something member Hollywood Foreign Press. As much as they get mocked for their ability to be bought and paid for, the Globes often look like a solid predictor for how the Oscars will fare.
Letís not get too far ahead of ourselves. Letís focus on the Globes, singling out three winners and three unfortunate losers from Sundayís eveningís ceremonies.
McConaughey and co-star Jared Leto were on hand to schmooze Academy members. And their enthusiastic MC not only shared her thoughts on the film, but promised that if the Oscars didn't do right by McCaughey, she would.
In the narrative categories, few of these nominees can be called surprising as just about all of the above have received critical praise and Oscar buzz. The dark horse contender in the mix is Peter Berg's Lone Survivor, which has had a soft open over Christmas and will expand next week.
The PGA nominees serve a dual purpose, as Oscar trackers view them ďas indicators of which films have momentum heading into the Academy Award nominations, which will be announced Jan. 16.Ē
SAG isnít always right. Last year, the group accurately predicted that Ben Affleckís Argo would have a big night at the Oscars. But the year prior, SAG went with The Help over the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner, The Artist.
This week we're packing our trunks full of illegal prescription drugs and crossing the U.S.-Mexico border as we join the Dallas Buyers Club, which was both a real group that got HIV-treatment drugs from Mexico and also a new movie starring Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner. To join us we've brought in Nathaniel Rogers of The Film Experience, and because he's with us and David isn't, we even get to indulge in a little Oscar season talk. Nobody tell David!