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Matthew McConaughey heads to space in his SAG speech


Matthew McConaughey accepts the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his film "Dallas Buyers Club" at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles Video by Dave Lucas Reuters

Matthew McConaughey heads to space in his SAG speech

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jan 19, 2014

Matthew McConaughey was a true-blue space cowboy in his acceptance speech for Best Male Lead Actor at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Saturday night.

After taking the microphone, McConaughey first thanked his fellow nominees and the SAG-AFTRA voters. A veteran actor of 22 years he then compared acting to bull riding.

McConaughey said that he recently immersed himself in the "humanity" of prized characters and got "feverishly drunk on their obsessions." This included his award-winning "Ron Woodruff" character in "Dallas Buyers Club." He explained, "You had Ron Woodruff, a guy who had the clearest obsession of all—I'm obsessed to stay alive. He was given 30 days to live and goes on and lives seven more years."

Yet, this cowboy then went into an outer space rant that had the star-studded audience scratching their heads. Acting from a "first person" view, he said, "it feels like they could put a blindfold on you and put you on a spaceship, and take you to Neptune, and you could hop off on the planet and they better have the sprock control, and you get off that spaceship because you are going to behave as your man," McConaughey rambled. "That is a glorious feeling!"

McConaughey swiftly went into his final parable about a man he met 20 years ago, who built a 17-foot sailboat and escaped Russia. "He told me this, he said, 'A genius can be anybody he wants to, but a genius is always one person at a time.' So to that I say, that's what we get to do, isn't it? One man, one woman, one human at a time. When we do it well, just keep doing that. Just keep living."

McConaughey is nominated for his first Oscar for Best Actor on March 2. What will he say if he wins?

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.