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In three minutes-plus speech Matthew McConaughey does not once manage to mention the word “AIDS”

It’s a pity that when Matthew McConaughey won the Oscar that I had so confidently predicted for him back in October, he gave such a disappointing acceptance speech.

He did remember to thank God right at the start and the part about his dad was sweet: ‘I know he’s up there right now, with a big pot of gumbo…he’s probably in his underwear, and he’s got a cold can of Miller Lite, and he’s dancin.”‘

But to win his industry’s highest award for playing a man with AIDS in a movie all about AIDS and to not once mention AIDS in a speech that lasted more than three minutes is pretty ghastly.

Especially when you spend so much time talking about how your hero is yourself and blah, blah, blah.

I’ve posted a story over at Gay Star News about some of the well-deserved criticism being leveled at McConaughey today – especially when you compare them to the truly thoughtful and humble speeches given by Jared Leto and Lupita Dyong’o.

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4 Remarks

  1. After watching Matthew sweep every award imaginable this season, he felt he would grab the biggest grand prize and therefore saved his best (or worst) speech as an exclamation point. Nothing but self-serving arrogance to me.

  2. Doubt if I will see another one of his films unless he comes up with some”heartfelt” explanation of why he didn’t remember the terrible illness that allowed him to make this film. Even then, I’m not sure. As one who has lost people so very dear to me because of AIDS, my memory of this slight will last a long, long, time!

  3. Let’s just say the wrong man won the Oscar and other acting awards. He has no class and his arrogance probably shows his true personality. His assorted acceptance speeches are among the worst ever delivered.

  4. Same here. I lost my whole circle of friends to AIDS 25 to 30 years ago, leaving me quite alone in my older age. I have always liked Matthew as an actor and had hoped he would win Best Actor. His speech left me feeling rather sad and very disappointed at his lack of recognition for the people and the disease that got him his award. I try to take consolation that it might have been the excitement of the moment, but it was a huge slight. On the flip side, I enjoyed and loved the speeches by class acts, Jared and Lupita.

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