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Will This Finally Be Matthew McConaughey's Oscar Year? 'The Dallas Buyer's Club' Nabs Awards Season Date

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist June 7, 2013 at 4:18PM

Matthew McConaughey must be thinking, "What on Earth do I have to do?" The actor stormed back into critical and audience hearts last year by putting on his shirt, dropping the romcoms, and showing that he's damn fine actor by delivering a fantastic performance in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," a subtle and solid appearance in Richard Linklater's "Bernie," and a wonderfully hilarious and sleazy turn in William Friedkin's "Killer Joe." The former was even a massive box office success, that was also met with great reviews. The result? He was snubbed for a much deserved Oscar nomination. This year, he's again revelatory in Jeff Nichols' beautiful fable "Mud" (one of the best of the year) but his next true Oscar shot will likely come with "The Dallas Buyer's Club."
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Matthew McConaughey must be thinking, "What on Earth do I have to do?" The actor stormed back into critical and audience hearts last year by putting on his shirt, dropping the romcoms, and showing that he's a damn fine actor by delivering a fantastic performance in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," a subtle and solid appearance in Richard Linklater's "Bernie," and a wonderfully hilarious and sleazy turn in William Friedkin's "Killer Joe." The former was even a massive box office success that was also met with the great reviews. The result? He was snubbed for a much deserved Oscar nomination. This year, he's again revelatory in Jeff Nichols' beautiful fable "Mud" (one of the best of the year), but his next true Oscar shot will likely come with "The Dallas Buyer's Club."

And Focus Features agrees, giving the movie a December 6th release date. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee ("The Young Victoria," "C.R.A.Z.Y."), the film tells the true story (Oscar bait #1, true story) of Ron Woodruff (McConaughey), who was diagnosed with AIDS (Oscart bait #2, tragic disease) in 1986 and was only given months to live. With nothing to lose, he began experimenting with underground, non-FDA-approved drugs and wound up living longer than expected, passing his knowledge to other AIDS sufferers as well (Oscar bait #3, inspiring story). So, can the dude finally at least get into the Dolby Theater with a nomination?

We shall see, but it's another left field choice for McConaughey who shows no signs of returning to acting with his pecs, anytime soon. [Exhibitor Relations]

This article is related to: The Dallas Buyers Club, Matthew McConaughey


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