The McConaissance Hit!
Last year, Matthew McConaughey did some of the best work of his life — and this year, he was finally recognized for it. After winning a Golden Globe for “Dallas Buyers Club” in January, McConaughey won his first Oscar the next month for the same film. As if that wasn’t enough, the father of three also racked up Emmy and Golden Globe nominations later in the year for “True Detective,” and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. What inspired him to do the kind of work that’s winning him awards now? “I thought, ‘I love harder, I cry harder, I laugh harder in my real life than I do in my work. I’ve got things in my life every single day, risks that I’m taking that are scaring me. Why is my work not scaring me?'” he told GQ. “I talked to my agent. I talked to my wife. I talked to my moneyman and said, ‘Hey, I may not work for a while. We good?’ So I went away for two years.”