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Oscar-Winner McConaughey is Next American Cinematheque Tributee

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 10, 2014 at 1:51PM

This year's American Cinematheque honors will go to Matthew McConaughey. At 44, while he is younger than some Hollywood tribute subjects, McConaughey nonetheless makes a strong candidate for one of these galas.
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Matthew McConaughey accepting his award at the 2014 Oscars
Matthew McConaughey accepting his award at the 2014 Oscars

This year's American Cinematheque honors will go to Matthew McConaughey. At 44, while he is younger than some Hollywood tribute subjects, McConaughey nonetheless makes a strong candidate for one of these galas. 

The Texas-born star just won the Best Actor Oscar for Focus Features' "Dallas Buyers Club," has made a strong career resurgence of late with such indie films as Jeff Nichols' "Mud," Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" (a sequel is in the works), Richard Linklater's "Bernie," and William Friedkin's "Killer Joe," and also has the backing of HBO, which is running an Emmy campaign for "True Detective," as well as Paramount, which released Martin Scorsese's "Wolf of Wall Street" and is pushing Christopher Nolan's upcoming November release "Interstellar." Next up is Gus Van Sant's "Sea of Trees." The studios help to defray the cost of these fundraising events.

McConaughey will accept the award at the annual Cinematheque Ball at the Beverly Hilton on October 21. Stated Rick Nicita, American Cinematheque chairman:

“Matthew McConaughey is the epitome of what a Hollywood star should be — an adventurous, joyous and evergrowing talent combined with matinee-idol looks and an unshakeable sense of who he is and what he stands for."

This article is related to: American Cinematheque, Matthew McConaughey, Interstellar, Awards, Awards


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.