Six years ago today, Matthew McConaughey won an Oscar for Best Actor after his out-of-this-world performance as Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club.
And let me tell ya, Mr. Alright Alright Alright really tugged the heartstrings with this one.
In cool, calm, collected Matthew McConaughey fashion, he delivered an all-time great, incredibly moving speech as he thanked everybody in his family for making him into the man he is today, including his late father who he described in hilarious fashion:
“To my father who I know he’s up there (in Heaven) right now, with a big pot of gumbo, lemon meringue pie up there, he’s probably in his underwear with a cold can of Miller Lite and he’s dancing right now.”
He then went on to deliver some of the best wisdom we’ve heard from an acceptance speech in recent memory:
“There’s a few things, about three things to my account, that I need each day. One of them is something to look up to, another is something to look forward to, and another is someone to chase.”
And as he wraps up, he points out that his hero is none other than himself… in ten years.
“Every day, every week, every month, every year of my life, my hero is always ten years away, I’m never gonna be my own hero, I’m not gonna obtain that I know I’m not, which is fine with me ’cause it keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing.”
What a message right there: spend every day of your life striving towards the man/woman you would want to look up to… knowing you’ll never get there.
Also, we have to acknowledge just how versatile an actor McConaughey is. The man can go from a scrawny cowboy with a drug addiction in Dallas Buyers Club, to a badass fugitive in Mud, to an inspirational football coach in We Are Marshall.