Alright, alright, alright!
Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor at the 86th Annual Academy Awards last night for his depiction of Ron Woodruff—a homophobic AIDS patient who smuggled in illegal pharmaceuticals—in Dallas Buyers Club.
The 44-year-old has been cleaning up this awards season, so there are a few things to be expected from a Matthew McConaughey acceptance speech (“alright, alright, alright”, a moment to gush over his wife Camila Alves, a poignant tribute to real-life AIDS patients).
But nothing could prepare us for the emotional rollercoaster his speech took us on once he mentioned his father.
“To my family, that’s who I look forward to,” the father-of-two told the crowd. “To my father, who I know is up there with a big pot of gumbo, and a lemon meringue pie, and he’s probably in his underwear, and he’s got a cold can of Miller Lite and he’s dancing. To you, dad, you taught me what it means to be a man.”
We’re laughing, we’re crying—that Matthew McConaughey really is a great storyteller!
In 2008, it was revealed that Matthew’s father, James, died from a heart attack in 1992 while having sex his wife, Kay. Needless to say, he sounds like the kind of guy we’d like to toss back a Miller Lite with!
Last month, the Oscar winner opened up to Piers Morgan about how the loss of his father still impacts him everyday, telling the CNN host, “If you lose a father, that’s the main crutch in a man’s life. And it’s there for a reason, because you know if it ever comes down to it, you’ve got your own father to lean up against.”
Even though James isn’t here to witness his son’s success, the Dallas Buyers Club star is confident his father would’ve enjoyed watching the Oscars this year.
“He’s be loving it,” Matthew gushed. “He’d be hamming it up.”