Matthew McConaughey Thanks God for Oscar

March 3rd, 2014 11:36 AM

Let’s see if this is something the networks air in their Oscar reviews: a thank you to God.

In his acceptance speech for Best Actor, McConaughey declared, “First off, I want to thank God, because that’s who I look up to.” Matthew McConaughey won his Oscar on March 2 for his portrayal of Ron Woodroof who smuggles drugs to help AIDS patients after he himself is diagnosed in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Besides McConaughey’s significant weight loss for the role, the movie fell under controversy when co-star Jared Leto played Rayon, a transgender woman, as a straight man. Article continues after the video.

McConaughey explained his thanks to God:

He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand. He has shown me that it's a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late Charlie Lawton, who said, ‘When you got God, you got a friend and that friend is you.'

He concluded by mentioning gratitude for his wife, children, mother and late father.

— Katie Yoder is Staff Writer, Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow in Culture and Media at the Media Research Center. Follow Katie Yoder on Twitter.