The One – Oscar Winner Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey most certainly is the One (‘…and only true gentlemen’- in the words of Dolce and Gabbana) this year. With his incredible performance in Jean Marc Vallee’s Dallas Buyers club, an incredible award season has followed and rightly so. Having already won the Golden Globe’s Best Actor, the SAG and Critic’s Choice Award for his portrayal of character Ron Woodroof, the sexy southern actor is now the proud owner of that ultimate gold statue.

Last night Matthew McConaughey won an Oscar for Actor in a Leading Role, in a very tough category, up against the likes of Wolf of Wall Street’s Leonardo di Caprio, American Hustle’s Christian Bale, 12 Year’s a Slave’s Chiwetol Eljifior and Nebraska’s Bruce Dern. And of course, the Dolce and Gabbana gentlemen accepted his Oscar dressed head to toe in Dolce and Gabbana, from the New Bond Street Dolce and Gabbana boutique concept store in London. This was McConaughey’s first Oscar nomination and his first win, but no doubt this is the start of many more to come.

Admittedly, I have a soft spot for Matthew McConaughey and have a commitment to watching the films he features in, like I have to watching the films starring Robert DeNiro and Denzel Washington. Of course McConaughey doesn’t quite have the universal status that DeNiro or Denzel has – yet. But there is something about him that does it for me, that has drawn me in and kept me watching his films over and over again, even when the themes haven’t been that deep – possibly the exact same something that does it for Dolce and Gabbana.

I first fell for the Texas born actor in A Time to Kill, a film I watched everyday for six weeks during my summer holidays many a years ago. Of course this was a very serious film and McConaughey played the fair and just lawyer, Jake Bragance. It could have been the moral and ethics of the character McConaughey played that made me develop a weak spot for him, but I think his perfect body, his sexy southern drawl and his spectacular looks at least had a little something to do with it.

Then I went on to enjoy him in romantic comedies like The Wedding Planner alongside Jennifer Lopez,  How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days alongside Jennifer Hudson, Failure to Launch with Sarah Jessica Parker and Fool’s Gold with Jennifer Hudson again. I even loved watching him in Surfer Dude, him being shirtless for ninety minutes will definitely have everything to do with that.

In recent years I have been taken away by his performance – and that accent again, in films outside of the Rom Com genre, especially the super sexy Magic Mike, the sad and touching Mud, the strange and slightly disturbing Killer Joe (that chicken scene),  his brilliance in the Wolf of Wall Street as Mark Hanna and now, last but by no means least, in his immense award winning performance in Dallas Buyer’s Club.

When I began this article Matthew McConaughey had 50, 600 social mentions, according to the Oscars Social Mentions counter – at the time of completion, he now has 64,964 and it’s rising by the second. I just had to be one of the thousands talking about Matthew McConaughey online today. So, to Matthew McConaughey, I salute you and am so looking forward to seeing what happens next!

Matthew McConaughey in A Time to Kill
Matthew McConaughey in A Time to Kill
Matthew McConaughey Surfer Dude
Matthew McConaughey Surfer Dude
Matthew McConaughey in Magic Mike
Matthew McConaughey in Magic Mike
Matthew McConaughey in Killer Joe
Matthew McConaughey in Killer Joe

Joining the Club: Matthew and his co-star looked delighted after scooping the prestigious paperweights

Touching moment: Perennial loser Leonardo DiCaprio embraced his rival following his win

Matthew McConaughey with wife and mother at Oscars 2014
Matthew McConaughey with wife and mother at Oscars 2014

Backstage romance: The affection was obvious as he met with his other half after collecting his award

Be Charmed, Stay Inspired! x

London Film Festival Concludes

Image from American Beauty
Kevin Spacey in American Beauty

So, the London Film Festival has concluded. In spirit of this wonderful art form and without the privilege of attending the festival, I had my own little film festival. My festival worked like so: notepad, pen, bed and film…and of course the disapproving boyfriend, who can’t seem to comprehend why I can no longer watch a film without having to scribble in my notepad.

‘I thought you blogged about fashion?’

To be honest…so did I? I do! I blog about anything creative and inspirational… Strangely I seem to have flocked like a moth to a flame, with this whole blogging about film…(but that’s another post for another time).

So, in tone with the London Film Festival I watched a film a night – my intention was to watch all the popular must sees that I haven’t seen or forgotten and those currently dominating the cinemas. So, I started with The Help, Drive, Crazy Stupid Love – which I have blogged about individually, and then I randomly selected a number of  mostly great films, some not worth mentioning at all.

A Stream of Consciousness…

…Inspired by:Kevin Spacey

Ayesha’s Film Festival begun with a number of films starring Kevin Spacey, starting with Iain Softley‘s K-Pax, 2001.  I am yet to watch a Kevin Spacey film that I haven’t found enjoyable. He brings a certain density and texture to his characters and the films I have watched him act in. This ‘tone’ I refer to is particularly prevalent in films like Pay It Forward, in which he stars in with Haley Joel Osment and Helen Hunt and of course the miraculous American Beauty. In fact it was American Beauty that truly made me recognise my profound respect for Spacey. American Beauty may have also been my introduction and appreciation of REAL film. I suppose it made me realise how intrigued I am by the human condition. After watching the film maybe one hundred times, I wrote my very own terrible screenplay, inspired by the film.

Once discovering my admiration for character driven plot, I went on to explore an endless list of world film. I also watched a selection of other films starring Kevin Spacey, including John Swanbeck’s The Big Kahuna, with Danny DeVito. The film is predominately shot in a hotel room. Spacey and DeVito play two salesmen. The film features some amazing dialogue and a soundtrack that has stuck with me, Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen, ever since I watched it two years ago. In fact…I think The Big Kahuna definitely deserves its own blog post (I’ll get onto that).

I then watched A Time To Kill, with Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L Jackson and Sandra Bullock. This is a particularly important film to me. I discovered it when I was studying To Kill a Mockingbird for my GCSE’s. During the summer of 2000, I watched A Time to Kill possibly twice a day. I dissected the film shot by shot and learnt it line for line…It might be apt here to reveal…if I haven’t already, that I have a particularly addictive personality. Towards the end of my ‘A Time to Kill’ stint, I was just forwarding the film to my favouritse scenes or lines. And many shots of McConaughey’s ripped torso.

Although Kevin Spacey isn’t a protagonist in A Time to Kill, and although each time I watch the film I hate his character more and more, his court room scenes are absolutely spectacular. When an actor can evoke such hate in you, they’re definitely on to something. Naturally, I can’t help be drawn to Spacey for other reasons besides his acting. As an aspiring playwright I am particularly fond of his directorship at The Old Vic and even moreso I respect his ability to remain obscure from the press.

So…I suppose this little stream of consciousness, totally inspired by Kevin Spacey, is my homage to him and all of the films he makes a presence.