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Actor Delivers Impassioned Oscar Acceptance Speech About God and Gratitude
http://www.theblaze.com ^ | March 3, 2014 | Billy Hallowell

Posted on 03/03/2014 11:34:15 AM PST by NKP_Vet

Actor Matthew McConaughey surprised Oscar viewers with an impassioned acceptance speech for his best actor win Sunday night — an address during which he thanked God and said that the blessings in his life have come from the Almighty and not from any “human hand.”

After thanking his fellow cast and crew, McConaughey, who won for his role as AIDS patient Ron Woodroof in “Dallas Buyers Club,” told the audience that he has three things he needs each day: something to look up to, something to look forward to and someone to chase.

It was his comments about who he looks up to, though, that captured the most attention.

“First off, I want to thank God, because that’s who I look up to. He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or of any other human hand,” McConaughey said. “He has shown me that … it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late Charlie Laughton who said, ‘When you’ve got God you’ve got a friend — and that friend is you.’”

He also thanked his mother, wife and family. Watch the acceptance speech below (at link).

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I don't guess anyone told him he couldn't mention God in his acceptance speech. Look for his roles to be few and far between from now on, with the majority going straight to DVD. I didn't much care for McConaughey's acting before, but I sure appreciated his acceptance speech.
1 posted on 03/03/2014 11:34:15 AM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet

Loved it! A whole 2 to 3 clappers in the audience!


2 posted on 03/03/2014 11:36:12 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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3 posted on 03/03/2014 11:37:35 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Really? I won’t watch it but it wouldn’t surprise me one bit.


4 posted on 03/03/2014 11:39:06 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: NKP_Vet

Best news of the night was that the audience was increased over the past years. I am so glad for that. Some of the best movies in years.


5 posted on 03/03/2014 11:39:18 AM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: NKP_Vet

The academy homosexuals who voted for him because that role had to do with AIDS drugs were smiling as he approached the stage, and then probably started seething when they heard him mention God.


6 posted on 03/03/2014 11:39:29 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: NKP_Vet
Which reminds me of what happened late 2012 at the DNC:

7 posted on 03/03/2014 11:40:45 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: NKP_Vet

I actually think he is a pretty good actor.

While he has taken roles in movies that I’m not a fan of, his performance in HBO’s “True Detective” is extraordinary.


8 posted on 03/03/2014 11:40:46 AM PST by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: SkyPilot

I wouldn’t say McConaughey is a conservative by any stretch, but he doesn’t come across as a guy who just mindlessly spouts the typical liberal garbage that the vast majority of Hollywood celebrities do.


9 posted on 03/03/2014 11:41:07 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: NKP_Vet

Love it. Didn’t watch the Oscars, but I enjoyed and appreciate this clip of McConaughey praising his/our heavenly Father.


10 posted on 03/03/2014 11:47:32 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: NKP_Vet

good speech. he made his case well.

He said, “if you have God, you have a friend. That friend is you.”

Now before anyone jumps on me about this. Let it be known that one of the characteristics of being Godless —is that you become your own worst enemy. Your best parts work against you.


11 posted on 03/03/2014 11:47:37 AM PST by ckilmer
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To: NKP_Vet; DIRTYSECRET

I think they were shocked.


12 posted on 03/03/2014 11:47:51 AM PST by TurkeyLurkey
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Actually your being too nice, it was more like 1 clap..just mentioning God Im surprised the audience didn’t boo, but I guess it wasn’t a DNC Convention so no boo’s allowed?


13 posted on 03/03/2014 11:51:18 AM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Zeneta
While he has taken roles in movies that I’m not a fan of, his performance in HBO’s “True Detective” is extraordinary.

true... he was good in A Time to Kill, and i thought he was good in Dallas Buyers Club... i do not think his acceptance speech will hurt him in Hollywood... if anything, he will simply be cursed by winning the Oscar... it happens to so many!

14 posted on 03/03/2014 11:54:48 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: dfwgator
I wouldn’t say McConaughey is a conservative by any stretch, but he doesn’t come across as a guy who just mindlessly spouts the typical liberal garbage that the vast majority of Hollywood celebrities do.

Maybe he's one of those who actually has a life, and don't need to be invited to the "best" parties every weekend.

15 posted on 03/03/2014 11:55:17 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: NKP_Vet

I’m glad he didn’t get political. And he will get roles. Because he always puts “butts in the seats”.


16 posted on 03/03/2014 11:56:59 AM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: NKP_Vet

This guy’s running for something.


17 posted on 03/03/2014 11:58:38 AM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: VerySadAmerican

There was a lack of politics, by hwood standards and they were subdued. A lot of them mention love an family

There was no danger of seeing mooch this year. Tgey know. They have to know


18 posted on 03/03/2014 12:04:51 PM PST by stanne
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To: stanne

It was really a surprise. But, if Romney had won we would have heard it all night long. There are lots of things they could have bitched about but not when their man is in office.


19 posted on 03/03/2014 12:08:25 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: dfwgator

I’ve read he’s a republican. But we don’t now because he keeps it to himself. I wish they all would follow his lead.


20 posted on 03/03/2014 12:10:01 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: VerySadAmerican

Seems like more of a Libertarian, than anything....For Hollywood, that’s considered to the right of Attila the Hun.


21 posted on 03/03/2014 12:26:18 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: NKP_Vet

McConaughey is on a roll and will get parts despite his godly speech. His performance in Dallas Buyers Club is one for the ages. I can’t think of a single performance in the last 50 years to surpass it. Do yourself a big favorite and watch it. I expect you’ll agree.


22 posted on 03/03/2014 12:35:18 PM PST by Inwoodian
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To: NKP_Vet
When you’ve got God you’ve got a friend — and that friend is you.

I don't know if he meant that the way it came out. If he did, then that is a kind of a self-esteem gospel.

However, I am glad he mentioned God.

23 posted on 03/03/2014 12:35:37 PM PST by Drawsing (Fools show their annoyance at once, the prudent man overlooks an insult. Proverbs 12:16)
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To: ckilmer

“if you have God, you have a friend. That friend is you.”

I hope you’re right - I’m not familiar with the quote.

But it sound kinda new-agey to me...


24 posted on 03/03/2014 12:37:30 PM PST by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: dfwgator

http://hollowverse.com/matthew-mcconaughey/


25 posted on 03/03/2014 12:39:06 PM PST by NKP_Vet ("I got a good Christin' raisin', an 8th grade education, ain't no need ya'll treatin' me this way")
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To: Inwoodian

“I can’t think of a single performance in the last 50 years to surpass it”

“Raging Bull” De Niro WAS Jake LaMotta.


26 posted on 03/03/2014 12:47:16 PM PST by NKP_Vet ("I got a good Christin' raisin', an 8th grade education, ain't no need ya'll treatin' me this way")
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To: DIRTYSECRET
Loved it! A whole 2 to 3 clappers in the audience!

yea!! That house full of liberals couldn't figure out if they would be sent to detention if they applauded!!!

27 posted on 03/03/2014 12:52:58 PM PST by ontap
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To: NKP_Vet

I was totally shocked that a film about homosexuality and one about slavery would win; man what will they think of next!!!!sarc/on

I know ...how about a film about Noah getting pissed about over population and global warming!!!


28 posted on 03/03/2014 12:57:13 PM PST by ontap
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To: NKP_Vet

Yeah, McConaughey invited blacklisting. Pretty much committing professional suicide with that lovely speech.

Is there a lower, more self-absorbed, shallow, evil crowd on the planet than “the Academy?”


29 posted on 03/03/2014 1:01:22 PM PST by EDINVA
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If he isn't nominated for an Emmy, for his role in True Detective, the only explaination would be blowback from his Oscar speech.
30 posted on 03/03/2014 1:03:38 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: ontap
"I was totally shocked that a film about homosexuality..."

If you think the movie "Dallas Buyers Club" was about homosexuality then you either didn't actually watch the movie or you didn't understand it.

Dallas Buyers Club was about the corruption in the FDA and the Pharmaceutical Industry. The drugs in question treated AIDS but McConaughey's character was straight (He contacted AIDS through straight sex) and he was the focus of the movie and his battle with the FDA to get drugs to people that actually worked and kept them alive.

31 posted on 03/03/2014 1:04:33 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Hah, exactly what I noticed!!! Pagan bunch.


32 posted on 03/03/2014 1:05:41 PM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: NKP_Vet

I clapped when he thanked God and I am sure I was not the only one. Congratulations Matt!


33 posted on 03/03/2014 1:08:31 PM PST by nicksaunt
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To: EDINVA

Ask Mel Gibson or Jim Caviezel. Passion of the Christ all but ended their careers as a big time actor. DOn’t be fooled when people say Gibson’s “anti-Jew) tirade did it for him, they were looking for a reason to ruin him. And Caviezel playing Jesus did it for him.


34 posted on 03/03/2014 1:08:39 PM PST by NKP_Vet ("I got a good Christin' raisin', an 8th grade education, ain't no need ya'll treatin' me this way")
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And Caviezel playing Jesus did it for him.

He's only the star of one of the highest-rated shows on TV, "Person of Interest".

35 posted on 03/03/2014 1:10:23 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: ontap

You noticed that too? Gay or race, race or gay. I have a feeling there were quite a few low budget indies that were better but didn’t have the advertising or the correct politics.


36 posted on 03/03/2014 1:14:00 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: dfwgator

Great show, Person of Interest. But I am specifically speaking of film roles.

I heard him interviewed about Person of Interest and he said the show caused him to get rid of his cell phone and computer.
In the same interview he said the roles came harder for him after he made Passion of the Christ.


37 posted on 03/03/2014 1:23:55 PM PST by NKP_Vet ("I got a good Christin' raisin', an 8th grade education, ain't no need ya'll treatin' me this way")
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Well let’s be realistic. If Hollywood applauds the acknowledgment or thanks to God, what does that make them?


38 posted on 03/03/2014 1:29:46 PM PST by Toespi
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

If he isn’t nominated for an Emmy, for his role in True Detective, the only explaination would be blowback from his Oscar speech.


He will win.

His character, Russ, Rust, Rustin, Cole, Cohle whatever is the most antithetical to Religion that I have seen.

Absolutely fascinating concepts, that are explored by (his character/writer). While I have no illusions about the series effort to portray Christians as evil, his character at least seems honest.

I don’t agree, but there are many that do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRtxe7b_SQQ

This is where our battle is being fought.


39 posted on 03/03/2014 1:35:53 PM PST by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: ckilmer

Thanks for clarifying that. I was confused when he said it. But your explanation makes great sense and also resonates with my personal experience.


40 posted on 03/03/2014 1:42:41 PM PST by GOP Poet
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Many in the audience are self appointed Gods up to the moment when they take thier last breath and all of a sudden they call his name, funny hypocrites who think they are larger than they appear but are smaller than everyone around them, sad a##es for sure


41 posted on 03/03/2014 1:46:14 PM PST by ronnie raygun (zippy the a##clown sez..............................)
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To: NKP_Vet

MM has been the darling of the “science is my god” geniuses since his character on HBO’s True Detective has been given to long rambling nihilistic speeches about the emptiness of the universe and the meaninglessness of existence. Today those people are sad, sad, sad.


42 posted on 03/03/2014 2:19:09 PM PST by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: Zeneta
I think that the series is protraying certain self-proclaimed "Christian" charlatans as evil (e.g. Tuttle); however, others (e.g. the revival preacher) are protrayed well. The preacher is clearly a well-meaning victim of the Tuttles.

As for Rust's philosophy -- he's a seriously disturbed individual. The discussion of philosophy makes that clear to us. It's all part of what makes the character interesting. It's obvious that we're not supposed to emulate Rust -- who'd want to wind up like him?

43 posted on 03/03/2014 4:02:16 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: NKP_Vet

McConaughy’s performance is up there with DeNiro’s Raging Bull. In fact, in a way it’s similar. Check it out for yourself.


44 posted on 03/03/2014 4:06:12 PM PST by Inwoodian
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