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.