'The Dallas Buyer's Club' Matthew McConaughey Offered Liza Minnelli's Oscar If He Doesn't Win This Year
By Zulekha Pitts | January 06, 2014 07:25 PM EST
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At a recent celebration to kick off Oscar season, the legendary Liza Minnelli offered her own Academy Award to Matthew McConaughey for his performance in "The Dallas Buyer's Club."
Minnelli hosted a Peggy Siegal-coordinated luncheon thrown together by Focus Features for East Coast Academy members at New York City's Monkey Bar to glorify "The Dallas Buyer's Club" Oscar nomination and its stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto.
Minnelli, who won for the movie "Cabaret" way back in the day, confessed that she has "nothing to do with this film [The Dallas Buyer's Club] except that I am a fan."
Minnelli likes the film so much that she even offered McConaughey her Oscar.
Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter , here is an excerpt from Minnelli's speech:
"I have nothing to do with this film except that I am a fan of how it was done, of the insight and the way they played these characters. And the fact that you were watching something that wasn't necessarily comfortable but you could not stop watching. It drew you in, whether you wanted it to or not, and that's magic. That's magic. I mean, the last one [that did that for me] was On the Waterfront! [laughs] You, crazy Matthew, losing all of that weight [pats her stomach] -- it's one thing to lose all of that weight and to look like that -- that's harrowing enough -- but then to run like you did, with a body like that? And Jared, I mean, everything that you did -- all of the placements, every single second -- I felt wonderful for you, proud of you and sorry for you all at the same time, which I think one only feels for your friends...And Jennifer [Garner] was great -- she was just f---ing great! [laughs] I don't know what else to say. I haven't seen a movie like that in so long, and I'm so proud to be able to tell everybody. And honey [addressing McConaughey], if you don't win the Academy Award, I'm giving you mine!"
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