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Matthew McConaughey, more Oscar nominees reveal the stars who inspired their careers -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

At the Oscar Nominees Luncheon on Monday, EW asked Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), and Julie Delpy (Before Midnight) about the people who inspired them in their careers and got them interested in the movies to begin with. From Spencer Tracy to a little-known Egyptian comedian to Monty Python, check out the video to hear more: READ FULL STORY

Indie Spirit Awards 2014: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon among presenters -- EXCLUSIVE

The day before the Oscars, smaller films are honored during the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, and EW has exclusively learned the first round of this year’s presenters.

Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Rosario Dawson, Angela Bassett, and Andy Samberg will all present at the 29th annual ceremony, which takes place Saturday, March 1. Hosted by actor/comedian Patton Oswalt, the daytime luncheon will broadcast later that evening at 10 p.m. ET on IFC.

12 Years a Slave leads all films with seven nominationsNebraska is right behind with six. Both films are in the running for Best Feature, alongside All Is LostFrances Ha, and Inside Llewyn Davis. McConaughey is also nominated for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club. Other nominees include Oscar front-runners Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, and Lupita Nyong’o.

Now in its 29th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made without a big Hollywood budget by filmmakers who embody independence and originality.

Casting Net: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill set to re-team; Plus, Matthew McConaughey boards Gus Van Sant pic, more

Wolf of Wall Street co-stars and Oscar nominees Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are reportedly set to re-team for an Atlanta Olympics bombing drama based on the 1997 Vanity Fair article “The Ballad of Richard Jewell.” Fox acquired the rights to the article and planned to develop it for Hill, who would play Jewell, the janitor who reported the suspicious bag and was subsequently accused of being a potential suspect in the bombing. DiCaprio would play the attorney at his side. [Deadline]


Matthew McConaughey looks 'amazing' in deleted scene from 'Dallas Buyers Club' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

If fans didn’t get a chance to see Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto in their Golden Globe winning performances in Dallas Buyers Club in theaters, now they can take the Oscar nominated drama home. The Blu-ray combo pack of the film arrives in stores today and the bonus features include deleted scenes that got cut from the theatrical version, including this exclusive one below featuring McConaughey’s character trying to celebrate living more than the month he was told he had by his doctor, played by Jennifer Garner. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: Best Actor nominee Matthew McConaughey on being the last name called

If your wife has set a pre-dawn alarm and the two of you are awake in bed with your youngest son to watch the Oscar nominations announcement, it really would be a bummer not to hear your name called. And yet as one name after another was ticked off, Dallas Buyers Club‘s Matthew McConaughey says he had a brief moment of anxiety. “They went through all four names and I said ‘there’s only 5,'” the first-time nominee tells EW. “Then I think I saw the shot of me as Ron Woodruff before I heard my name. Yeahhh, it was nice.”

His other two kids with Camile Alves had since woken and McConaughey was eager to get off the phone to share the news with them. “I’ve got to explain it and have the conversation,” he says. “‘Remember when Papai was doing that show in New Orleans, the one where he was really skinny? Well today they’re saying ‘Hey we want to nominate you along with these four other really talented people for being one of the best performances of the year.’ I mean, there’s a lot of good stuff.”

Dallas Buyers Club was recognized with nominations not just for Best Actor, but also Best Original Screenplay, Best Picture, and Best Supporting Actor Jared Leto. “Jared’s was the last name called too!” he says with a laugh. “There was definitely a point where I was like ‘ooh, ooh, ooh’ and then we heard his name and were like ‘Yes!!’

Matthew McConaughey wins Best Actor in a Drama at the Golden Globes

Matthew McConaughey staged a serious upset at the Golden Globes, triumphing over odds-on favorite Chiwetel Ejiofor and much-acclaimed opponents Tom Hanks and Robert Redford to win Best Actor in a Drama for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. The film now marks a new high point for McConaughey’s recent cinematic redemption: The actor shed many pounds (and the last vestige of his romcom glamour) to play Ron Woodroof, the good ol’ boy-turned-AIDS activist (and anti-government folk hero.) READ FULL STORY

Prize Fighter: Best Actor shapes up as the Oscars' toughest race

Daniel Day-Lewis spoiled us. Last year, the Best Actor race was an easy call, but this time around, it’s the hardest of the Oscar fields to predict. The race is jam-packed with worthy contenders, each with an equally strong chance of finding his name in that winning envelope on March 2.

With a month to go before voting opens we could still see some shifting. Who could still sneak in?  Forest Whitaker for The Butler or Joaquin Phoenix for Her have the potential to rise in the ranks. So does Oscar Isaac for his musical, downtrodden turn in Inside Llewyn Davis.

Most Academy members haven’t seen the ’70s grifter drama American Hustle yet, but since it began screening for the press earlier this week reactions have been ecstatic. Expect to see that film in as many as eight Oscar categories this year, including each of the acting fields.

Christian Bale’s comically seductive, balding, pot-bellied con artist from that film should soon be joining the list of Best Actor contenders. The question is: Who will he knock out?

Right now, if you ask voters to pick front-runners, they almost always name the five below. Each delivers an impressive performance, but also have a compelling backstory, which can help make the difference in a tough race.

Critical Mass: Matthew McConaughey delivers the goods with 'Dallas Buyers Club'

By now, you know that Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto sacrificed their bodies and dropped more than 30 pounds each to play their HIV-positive characters in Dallas Buyers Club. It’s understandable that those details have been obsessed over by the media in stories and reviews, but there’s more than a spartan diet behind both men’s convincing transformations into the homophobic redneck (McConaughey) who becomes a drug-dealing savior to the demoralized gay community in the mid-1980s and the delicate transsexual (Leto) who becomes his unlikely business partner.

Ron Woodroof was a real guy, a bull-riding, drug-snorting, womanizing bastard whose ignorance and reckless sexual behavior left him HIV-positive at the height of the AIDS crisis. Given 30 days to live by the hospital, he sought a cure in the drugs that could only be found south of the border. When some of those meds actually proved effective, he saw an opportunity to make some cash and started smuggling them north, where he set up a buyers club. (A buyers club is a legal loophole of sorts that gives meds to its members — for $400 month — rather than straight-up selling drugs.) Not exactly plugged into the gay community, Woodroof recruits a transsexual named Rayon to help find consumers, and their odd-couple relationship is the heart of the film.

Both actors are in the Oscar hunt, and EW’s Chris Nashawaty wrote that what “McConaughey accomplishes here should be considered the culmination of an unlikely career overhaul that began with 2011’s The Lincoln Lawyer and then continued with unselfconscious turns in Bernie, Magic Mike, and Mud. If there was any doubt that McConaughey is more than just a tawny-chested rom-com stud, there should be no question anymore.”

Leto, too, uses the role to remake his career, one that had withered and been sidetracked by the demands of a successful music career. EW’s Oscar pundit Anthony Breznican thinks the Thirty Seconds to Mars singer is the current frontrunner for Best Supporting Actor.

Dallas Buyers Club opened Nov. 1 and expands to more cities today. An even wider expansion is planned for next week. Before you head to the theaters, read what some of the nation’s leading critics think about the film. READ FULL STORY

Jared Leto on his amazing transformation in 'Dallas Buyers Club' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO


You’ve seen the shocking photos of Matthew McConaughey, who dropped more than 40 pounds to play Ron Woodroof, the real-life AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club. But McConaughey isn’t the only star of the film who underwent a complete physical transformation. Jared Leto plays Rayon, the HIV-positive transsexual who becomes Ron’s business partner in their 1980s drug-smuggling operation to get unapproved AIDS medicines into the U.S. Leto not only dropped more than 30 pounds to play the dying drug addict — a feat he’d famously done before for Requiem for a Dream — but he stayed in-character as Rayon for the entire production of the film. “Every morning, when I stepped out of that van that took us to set, I always had my high-heels on,” says Leto. “It kind of set the clock.”

Rock fans might know Leto best as the lead singer of Thirty Seconds to Mars, since he hadn’t acted in more than five years while the band toured the world and he focused on making music, directing videos, and making documentaries. But anyone who got the joke at the end of the recent Audi commercial starring Claire Danes knows that Leto was famously the teenage heartthrob in the shortlived TV series My So-Called Life. After notable roles in Prefontaine, Requiem, Panic Room, and Lord of War, Leto focused more on his band, but Dallas Buyers Club offered the right role at the right time. “He always talked about an interest in playing a transgender,” says Leto’s brother, Shannon, drummer for 30 Seconds to Mars. “He’s just an artist. He does many things. I thought the role was great, so it was like, of course you’re going to do that role. I was happy for him.”

After premiering at the Toronto Film Festival, Dallas Buyers Club and its two actors have catapulted into the Oscar conversation. For McConaughey, a nomination could be the culmination of an amazing two-year stretch of critically-embraced roles that have completely remade his career. For Leto, it might be the beginning of a new chapter in his life as an actor. “I’m still in a daze from Toronto,” he says. “I think you can call it a career-altering experience. Maybe a life-changing one, we’ll see.”

Click below for an interview with Leto, and be sure to read this week’s Entertainment Weekly for more about Jared Leto and Dallas Buyers Club. READ FULL STORY

'Dallas Buyers Club': The Matthew McConaughey/Jared Leto buddy movie 1996 never saw coming

Matthew McConaughey has been gaining Oscar goodwill ever since last year’s stripped-down performance in Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, followed by the paparazzi photos showing People magazine’s Sexist Man Alive 2005 dropping nearly 50 pounds to play an AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club, which finally debuted over the weekend at the Toronto Film Festival. But should McConaughey earn his first nomination for his performance as Ron Woodroof, the hard-living Texas homophobe who defied his death-sentence diagnosis and federal health regulations in the 1980s to become a gay-community beacon by smuggling and selling foreign drug treatments that extended thousands of lives, he might have to share the Oscar limelight with his film’s leading lady.

Jared Leto, who hadn’t acted in five years, jumped into the Best Supporting Actor conversation after wowing Toronto audiences as Rayon, the HIV-positive transsexual who becomes Ron’s business partner and best friend. The colorful character had been the final frustrating piece to the movie’s casting puzzle, and Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée (The Young Victoria) had discussions with Gael García Bernal and Casey Affleck about the role. But after one Skype meeting with the singer, who was in Berlin with his band, Vallée came away convinced that the Thirty Seconds to Mars rocker was his lady. Leto, who was once and forever Jordan Catalano on TV’s My So-Called Life, as well as a favorite of auteurs like Terrence Malick, David Fincher, and Darren Aronofsky, felt the same way. “When I read the role, I fell in love. I thought this could be really special because that role is usually… a cliché,” he says, lowering his voice to a whisper for the final two words. “It’s usually someone dancing on the table with high-heels on, the butt of every joke, or has a one-liner and then they run out the room screaming. I thought there was an opportunity to flesh out a real person.”

“I remember Jean-Marc calling, going, “Man, I think we found Rayon! Jared Leto!” says McConaughey. “I said great, and we were off.” READ FULL STORY

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