Matthew Mcconaughey’s acting chops is surely being noticed, as he won the first-ever Best Actor prize at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York on Monday.
The star was honored with the first prize in the top acting category for his standout role as an AIDS victim in Dallas Buyers Club at the fourth annual ceremony.
Jared Leto accepted the award for his Dallas Buyers Club co-star, since McConaughey couldn’t attend. He begins his speech with: “I am not Matthew McConaughey. But we have some technology at work here, and we have Mr. McConaughey on the phone right now.”
Leto told the crowd, “He just said, ‘All right, all right, all right!’” which was received with laughs from the audience. He said into the phone: “You’re getting big laughs, buddy.” Leto turned on the speaker for a moment, but to much dismay of the audience, who only heard unintelligible utterances from McConaughey.
Leto continued to address the crowd, saying: “Matthew happens to be one of the few actors working today. He’s got a fucking job, so he can’t be here.” Still holding the phone to his ear, Leto finished by reading words of thanks from McConaughey. “He’s laughing,” he reported.
The 4th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards officially kicked off the 2014 awards season.
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