Everyone was talking about Matthew McConaughey's weight loss for Dallas Buyers Club, so much so that his friggin' awesome performance ended up overshadowed by a few others this year once the film came out.
But not by the Hollywood Foreign Press.
The actor toppled Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern and Idris Elba—all of whom he acknowledged in what turned out to be a very entertaining speech after he was named best actor in a motion picture, drama, at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards. And he didn't hide his surprise, albeit in his usual, even -keel way.
"All right all right all right," he drawled, giving a slight fist pump. "Unexpected, but graciously accepted. Respect for the nominees—great company to be in."
"This film, Ron Woodroof's story was an underdog, for 20 years it was an underdog, turned down 86 times...Five years ago we stuck to it, put some skin in the game and here it is. Writers, producers...actors, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner. I'm so glad it got passed on so many times. Really glad it got passed on so many times or it wouldn't have come to me," he smiled.
"For a time like this," McConaughey continued, "makes me want to say thank you to my mother for a real reason: When we were growing up, we weren't movie kids, we weren't TV kids, if it was daylight you had...to be outside playing. ‘We'd go, ‘Why mom, why can't I just watch 30 minutes of TV?' She goes, ‘Don't watch somebody on TV do it for you, get out there and do it for yourself.'"
Thank you, Mama McConaughey!
"Now, this many years later, that's a pretty good recipe for an actor, to go be the subject of what ever you're doing, so thank you, mom, for that," he said.
And further thanks went to the stunning lady by his side.
"My wife, Camila, who's not only put up with me for all this time in our seven years, and this last three years...she kicked my ass out the door and said, ‘Go get it Mcconaughey, go get it, my man, my king,'" he recalled as his wife smiled and shook her head in good-natured exasperation from the audience. "'Yes, ma'am, yes ma'am!' Kids: Levi, Vida, Mr. Stone [son Livingston]. Love you all!
"This film was never about dyin' it was always about livin'. With that I say, just keep," he added, touching his fingers to his lips.