WATCH: Which Oscar-winning actor honored God, family, and gratitude in his acceptance speech?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Glenn did not catch a minute of last night’s Academy Awards. But he did hear about the poignant speech Matthew McConaughey delivered after winning the Oscar for best actor for his role as AIDS patient Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club. His impassioned acceptance speech thanked God and acknowledged the blessings in his life have come from the Almighty and not from any “human hand.”

“We’re not looking for Hollywood glitz and glam. We’re looking for something real,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Before we get off the Oscars, let me play the Matthew McConaughey audio because somebody… said, ‘When did he turn into Joel Osteen?’”

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After listening to McConaughey, Glenn, Pat, and Stu couldn’t help but pick up on the audience’s reaction (or lack thereof) to McConaughey’s inclusion of God in his speech.

“Listen to this. ‘I want to thank God.’ They’re like, who? Who is that,” Glenn joked. “Is it Todd? They were like, what agency is he with? Who is this God person? Sad. It really is… He’s making them uncomfortable.”

On a happier note, the guys couldn’t help but pick up on the actor’s strong Christian and Texas roots despite the themes of some of the films he has been a part of.

“I saw Wolf of Wall Street, which he was in as well. Incredible actor,” Stu said. “I would not have guessed that this guy was going to make a speech about God after watching his performance.”

“I absolutely love this guy. Where has he been hiding? Do you know who he sounds like? He sounds like Marcus Luttrell. That’s every Texan and every Navy SEAL I’ve talked to from Texas,” Glenn concluded. “He’s a really good actor. You better hope that God watches the Oscars and not the movies.”

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • Deckard426

    McConaughey was overshadowed by the horrors of plastic surgery.

  • Tim Marshall

    His role as a preacher philosopher in the Jodie Foster film Contact is pretty awesome, too. You feel that if he had chosen that path that he would have been awesome and inspiring at it.

  • John Scott

    Nothing wrong with giving thanks to God, but giving yourself credit for hard work means your using your tools to the best you can. God only gives you the tools, its what you do with them that is all you.

  • Marjie Briggs

    How refreshing to see his wife and mama dressed like ladies!

  • MrBill2

    Not all of Hollywood is spiritually dead. The Libs would like you to think they are but they are not. It is always a surprise and a blessing when the blessed “Come Out” as they say.

  • Lynelle Hullsiek

    Good point – but it got me wondering, which tools? The tools to be phony? lol The tools to act as though you’re someone else? The tools to put yourself in the position of receivership of idolatry? (His giving it back to God makes good sense, when you think about it like that.) Just throwing that out there.

    The Oscars is a bunch of people who pretend they’re other people so they can heinously influence other people and then throw themselves parties and give awards to themselves for doing it. LOL smh Blech to all of it.

  • Huck Finn

    Matthew is a great actor! I always enjoy his acting ability! I just watched him in” Mud.”
    I thought he did a superb job,although the young boys did excellent as well! Kudo’s to Matt for winning Best Actor!! I have yet to see this movie! I hope it recognizes the ravages of the so called “Gay Lifestyle.” Which is unnatural and because it goes against the laws of God,has trapped the unfortunate in it!

  • Mary Tilley

    God comes first, Then others, Then yourself. If you live by that…you’re going to come out the other end on top.

  • Rick

    Wow, you are the most conflicted person I have ever seen.

  • Mónica Slp

    Wow, did he convert?
    I always had the idea of him been a very immoral (promiscuous) man.
    Amazing! Well said McConaughey!

  • Anonymous

    I cannot speak for the other people in the audience at the Oscars but if I had been there I would not have applauded until the end of Mat’s speech. Because, to me, what he said was akin to a sermon and I respect sermons, especially good ones. I stay quiet and listen. I reflect on what I’ve heard. I don’t applaud what the preacher says in church during the service…do you? Well, who knows, in some of these new “believe as you wish” churches maybe you do. But I don’t ’cause I’m a little more traditional in that respect. I tell the preacher how much I appreciate what he said at the end of the service. I would have told Mat…if the opportunity came about….that he kicked butt with his speech. And we both would have said, “awright, awright, awright!”

    What I’m amazed about is the number of nay-sayers out there who didn’t get the “hero” part of his speech. It made total sense to me.

  • Working Mom, Grandma

    Always loved his acting, and he as a person!! Now I know why!!! <3

  • nancy

    I always think it rude when people start clapping in the middle of the speeches. that said, you can clearly hear clapping and whistling when he thanks God.

  • John Scott

    I was referring to just his acting abilities. The rest like the Oscars are just self gratification. They feel their salaries are not enough I guess.

  • Anonymous

    The Hollywood elitist in the audience barely clapped when he thanked God. What a bunch of morons. Shame on them and shame us for supporting them.

  • John Scott

    Acting! Try it sometime. Made you believe right? Least he said it better and more believable then some who quickly throw God out there as if its anymore then a popular thing to say. Makes you look humble if nothing else.

  • Anonymous

    There was a man that lived by the river. He heard a radio
    report that the river was going to rush up and flood the town, and that
    the all the residents should evacuate their homes. But the man said,
    “I’m religious. I pray. God loves me. God will save me.” The waters rose
    up. A guy in a rowboat came along and he shouted, “Hey, hey you, you in
    there. The town is flooding. Let me take you to safety.” But the man
    shouted back, “I’m religious. I pray. God loves me. God will save me.” A
    helicopter was hovering overhead and a guy with a megaphone shouted,
    “Hey you, you down there. The town is flooding. Let me drop this ladder
    and I’ll take you to safety.” But the man shouted back that he was
    religious, that he prayed, that God loved him and that God will take him
    to safety. Well… the man drowned. And standing at the gates of St.
    Peter he demanded an audience with God. “Lord,” he said, “I’m a
    religious man, I pray, I thought you loved me. Why did this happen?” God
    said, “I sent you a radio report, a helicopter, and a guy in a rowboat.
    What the hell are you doing here?”

    Indeed, God gives you the opportunities. It’s up to you as to how you take advantage of them. You have free will so choose wisely!

  • nick

    Another astounding performance by Matthew McConaughey ladies and gentlmen! He needs another grammy for that impeccable speech/act.

  • Fluorescent Grey

    lol

  • Fluorescent Grey

    it’s because ALL THE DARN liberals are god-hating heathens! (or at least that’s what Glenn beck has wanted you to think all along)

  • John Scott

    One man does not make a majority unless your by yourself. Much of Hollywood is progressive and not so much about God and the Bible. Not surprising, half of America questions the existence of God other then a human mythology creation. So it is surprising to here such devotion coming from McConaughy

  • John Scott

    We have extreme opinions everywhere. Even Glenn Beck. Not all people who praise God are good and not all who don’t are bad. I respect those who believe or don’t believe as long as they respect me. Its not that you go to Church every Sunday. Its what you do the other 6 days that’s important.

  • John Scott

    To them they are the Gods of Hollywood. Maybe they had to miss their Scientology meeting?

  • Paula

    Why exactly do you think the “libs” would like people to think they are “spiritually dead”? As a liberal, I could care less what people think of people that I don’t know. I’ve never heard of any other liberals mention that Hollywood is spiritually dead or trying to convince anyone they’re spiritually dead. The notion is pretty ridiculous. I’ve never given any thought to what religion movie / TV stars have. IMO, it’s none of my business what you believe or how you worship. It’s neither surprising or astonishing that Matthew thanked God. Mr. Beck is making a big deal out of nothing. They didn’t overwhelming applaud because he was still talking. I heard no gasping or saw no rolling eyes or disdainful looks as he said it. To assume that people were uncomfortable because he mentioned God is absurd. If someone started thanking Buddha, for example, I’d be no more astounded or confused or fazed than if they thanked God. After all, this is their speech, who they want to thank and is really about their achievement, not anything about me or what I believe. And for reference, I do believe in God.

  • Anonymous

    I want to see how long Hollywood will tolerate him, especially after his speach?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    Well he is not going to find work any more because of liberal bigotry against anyone who believes in a God.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72EnfFysPFE Connor

    I can see the Witch hunt now.

  • Paula

    Converted from what? Just because a person sins doesn’t mean they’re evil. It means they’re human. God knows this. Christians sin all the time, so it’s not like he was some heathen (assuming the rumors you’ve heard are true). We don’t take away our Christianity based on sinfulness. God forgives. Besides the fact, if you’re just going off of gossip magazines / TV shows, then “Thou shalt not bear false witness” and “Judge not, lest ye be judged” comes to mind. We shouldn’t judge a person off of perceptions of news media sources. Don’t believe everything you hear / read.

  • Austin Mabry

    It’s just another form of acting, after all…

  • Jason

    Okay, maybe I missed it, but are you saying that Hollywood didn’t like McConnaughey’s God mention because the crowd didn’t automatically clap like maniacs? Then when they clapped at the “God=friend” comment, it wasn’t loud enough? Come on man, stop it.

  • Rhonda Sellers

    Outstanding!!

  • Jason

    Matter of fact, how many times have we heard winners thanking God, just because everyone else does. Again…stop it. Unless there was a crap load of Twitter messages, mocking or making fun of MM for thanking God, I don’t see how this has any merit.

  • Anonymous

    Wow! What a Godly testimony for all of Hollywood to see and hear.

  • gogetajob

    Gee, maybe because the Dems voted at their convention to keep God out of it, no prayers etc….the leaders did it anyway, and got boooed, maybe because Oblamer says we are not a Christian Nation, maybe because you Libs vote for partial birth abortion, and bash Christians as a sport. Now I know that you have learned from the Master blamer, Obama to blame everyone else, but try to take a honest look at it,or be like Obama the Oblamer, and blame Fox News, Glen Beck, George Bush, Moon spots and whatever else you can, you libs were never personal responsibility kind of people, I feel sorry for you:)

  • Ken Swan

    How about the tools to be able to, for a brief moment in time, take us away from all the troubles and problems that we face. IF in using to tools that GOD gave him, he is able to convince us (and make us believe) that he is someone else, what is wrong with that. I have met him, and he is one of the most DOWN TO EARTH people you will ever meet, and he DOES have a very strong faith in God.

  • gogetajob

    So sorry if YOU find it an act that he believes in God, I feel sorry for hate filled and angry people like you.

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  • Anonymous

    I would like to be honest and say I have mixed feeling about these words coming from Matthew M’s mouth. The choices of movies he chooses to act in are NOT equal to these words. The Lord does not give someone a talent so they can use it toexploit…Matthew is in movies where he is naked, uses foul language, sexually explicit, and vulgar. Thanking the Lord and giving Him praise for a talent so you can act in disgusting ways with that talent is hypocritical. However, with that said, Matthew IS indeed a talented actor, and he does have a talent that only the Lord could give him….I just wish he used it appropriately….

  • Anonymous

    an oscar you mean?

  • Mónica Slp

    Convert his personality to a more humble, less selfish, and honoring our creator is a work no human can’t ever pretend to do and have such a great results. I’d never said evil. I have hear him talk before and he has never sound more mature and centered. If my observation sounded it judgmental, then you are judging me too! We do it every day, as soon as we interact with people.

  • Mónica Slp

    Convert his personality to a more humble, less selfish, and honoring our creator is a work no human can’t ever pretend to do and have such a great results.

  • MrBill2

    You must not read the “Jesus has nothing to do with this” press. I believe in God and follow Christ’s teaching. My observation comes from watching the liberal press bash believers. The Democratic Party (much of Hollywood ) took belief in God out of their party platform.

  • Warren Wilson

    Remember that in more than one Passion Play, the actor portraying Judas Iscariot has become so overwhelmingly morose that many have needed medication and some have committed suicide. Just because an actor portrays evil does not make him evil. Of course many Texans are drunken douchebags on par with stereotype Californians, but that’s a different rant/comment.

  • John Scott

    Like a knee jerk reaction I guess? Just thank God as a Muslim would thank Ala their God. Right? The thing that is kind of sad is that this made news because I guess its so rare these days to sound humble about it? Or is it that we thought it was rare coming from Hollywood?

  • John Scott

    Is it just like Hero, we use that so loosely in today’s wording of happenings. Like I said early, not the Sunday’s you attend church but the other 6 days of the week tells who you are.

  • Anonymous

    Get lost!!!!!!!

  • Paula

    I really am trying only to seek clarification on what seems to be judgemental. I’d like to know which conversation led you to believe he was immature, self-centered, promiscuous, immoral, and selfish. That’s a lot of judgement based on interviews. His acting roles may suggest he’s those things but that’s a testament to his acting ability, I guess. He may have always been a humble, centered, selfless Christian. Immaturity, I could care less about. Not really a character flaw IMO. I don’t live his life, plain and simple. I try not to judge based on rumor or perception (esp. by a 3rd party) but based on actions and words.

  • Josie

    Well it will be interesting if we see much of him in the coming year/s. Solid, refreshing speech. Good to have an actor to look forward to seeing his movies from Commiewood.

  • Don

    I sincerely hope Matthew (gift of God) McConaughey is not punking us all and setting us up for his next role as a believer turning into an unbeliever and whoremonger. Please let this be sincere.

  • Rhonda Renee Sessions

    I don’t know if anyone posted this, but he’s from Marshall, Texas… about 30 minutes east of Shreveport, LA, on I-20. I lived near him, before he made it big in Hollywood.

  • mv

    To the Pharisees on this thread. If matthew chooses to thank God who are we to determine what path he would have taken, whether he meant it or not? It’s also his craft and anyone who is nominated for an award for their craft would show up to receive it. If you don’t want to watch the awards simply don’t. We have plenty of “minions” in the church who idolize select evangelist or pulpeteers who have ego’s the size of the Titanic. If we reach out to these celebrities in love, imagine the impact. Instead we politicize everything and the holy rollers get on their soap box. When God is to be glorified outside of your “comfort zone” even the stones will cry out.

    Luke 19:38-41. Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”[a]

    “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

    39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

    40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

  • Anonymous

    And the liberal wienies are coming apart at the seems over this. Thumbs up to McConaughey. He grew in my estimation and I’m proud he rose to the occasion with heart.

  • Robert Saunders

    I am a fan of Matt McConaughey after last nght

  • brinedase

    So the goal is to come out the other end on top?

    Still sounds like self first..

  • Peter Adamo

    Class Act!

  • Redtorino007

    A beautiful light mixed in with so much darkness (Hollywood)

  • Bubba Smith

    Which is merely a commentary about what good entertainers our preachers are. They’re actors, each with their own stage, with a salary.

  • Yeah Buddy

    Good for him! He gets it.

  • Huck Finn

    No Rick! I’m not conflicted! I’m convinced!!

  • Anonymous

    You are assuming being on top is a zero sum game. Don’t make this assumption. “In my Father’s house there are many mansions” (John 14:2) (or vice versa depending upon the translation). ;-) Exaltation is NOT a zero sum game. In fact if you don’t strive to take others to the top as well you won’t make it either.

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t that exactly what life on earth is all about. Your story only supports the idea that one can go to extremes to believe in God, just as many people do. But, it is the hypocrites who are the evil ones, ones who profess in God but act the opposite. By the same token, are you aware of the outright HATE many people have been expressing against Mathew? It is almost like he was showing a cross to demon possessed people!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I wonder what the audience reaction would have been if an actor thanked Allah? On top, I wonder what Beck’s comments would look like.

  • Anonymous

    That is a true Christian statement if I ever heard one. What gives any person the right to judge others? It is nothing more than one’s own bigotry and narrow mindedness.

  • Goldie Goodwin

    Congratulations to Matthew McConaghey. Always been a fine actor. When he teared up a bit speaking about his family… it was real.

  • Anonymous

    Frankly I find running people in the audience down over them not standing on their feet with a cheering section at the mention of God, when they didn’t cheer any other speech during the serious parts, anything but Christian. It’s time for the Christian’s to act Christian. The audience gave him quite the applause when his speech was over. This is out of line.

  • Priyang Patel

    religion can suck it, a bunch of hoopla told over and over. eventual it will evolve to a atheist world. religion cause war and hate.. people should believe in themselves, not some stupid belief of a god. live good , be good…

  • Anonymous

    I’m a “liberal wienie” that believes in God. Many do.

  • Anonymous

    Where does it say in the Bible we can’t cuss? Where does it say we can’t be naked?

  • Priyang Patel

    My parents come first,teachers of knowledge, then i… god has nothing to do with peoples success or failure. its life, you choose to stay in either.

  • Anonymous

    Shame on you Tim. This is beyond ridiculous and nothing but you guys taking a swipe for the sake of swiping. Christian ridicule. How Christian.

  • Anonymous

    You really should hold yourself more responsible for what you’re choosing to believe.

  • Robin Morrow

    Well, well deserved award I must say!

  • Anonymous

    Loooooooooooong over due. I mean, he was totally robbed on Surfer Dude…

  • Aj Scott

    My pastor does not receive a salary

  • Anonymous

    Petty, ignorant impugning all based on aberrant exceptions.

  • Anonymous

    See above.

  • Anonymous

    He’s a good guy who was raised well so that even when reaching the zenith of his career he’s still humble. Thanking God was just a footnote. You should thank his mother.

  • Silent Political Yeoman

    Not necessarily. He has a Best Actor nod so that gives him a lot of credibility as an actor. He’ll probably have less work, that might be for sure, but once he has that Academy Award, that’s on his record forever. Still, though, the clock’s ticking now ’til most casting directors’ refusal to hire him because of his Christian roots.

    At an audition I once went to in Culver City (in LA), I let the casting director know that I don’t use hard language (without mentioning my religious beliefs) and she let me omit or change the words from the script during the scene test.

  • Anonymous

    I liked that! Well balanced. Good. Refreshing!

  • Kirk

    Well Matthew, I’m glad for your speech because knowing Hollywood..it will be your last. You deserve your award and thank you for Thanking God despite the sneers and snarls from the pit of vipers. You’re a real man dude. Respect you.

  • Silent Political Yeoman

    I’m a Theatre Arts minor and we’ve been taught that roles are just characters. Believing that someone is this way just because of a character they played in some movie is something very close to typecasting. It isn’t really fair to judge someone’s character solely based on the roles they’ve played.

  • Silent Political Yeoman

    In my family, we’ve liked him ever since he was Tip Tucker in Larger Than Life.

  • Fluorescent Grey

    i was just pointing out that if you let group think and ignorance guide you, you would wrongly believe that being a ‘liberal’ and a christian are mutually exclusive concepts. This is not reality as much as you’d like to think it is. I’m not blaming anyone in particular but the use of generic across the board divide and conquer rhetoric from all partisan media networks (fox news, and msnbc alike) is to blame for wrongly assuming that since Matt made a movie about AIDs or being gay that he can’t also be a christian or simply because he’s a hollywood actor he can’t believe in god or hed be ‘kicked out of the club’. It’s a ridiculous false premise that is reinforced by media outlets that try to manipulate the way you think, and by the flavor of your comment (wrongly assuming i’m blaming glenn beck ONLY and not ‘liberals’) you seem to have fallen prey to the same type of group think

  • Anonymous

    This movie definitely accepts the “gay lifestyle” and all of it’s unnatural glory. It portrays gays as (gasp) humans.

  • Buddy Barker

    Whoever is in charge of the Oscars has taken this off of the internet claiming copy write infringement. Thanks Glenn Beck.

  • Michael Propersi

    BULL! If he said something pro-Gay they would have risen to their feet and applauded wildly until they were forced to sit down. F’in intolerant morons. Cant stand these people. They would give greater applause to the child molester Woody Allen but mention God and you are a bad person. This is why their lives all come apart eventually. Good.

  • Anonymous

    McConaughey gave the most heart-felt acceptance speech in the almost 60 years I’ve watched the Oscar’s. No notes, no TelePrompTer. He shared his priorities in life, his humility & groundedness with a multitude of plastic, bewildered faces. He revealed his personal core in a way seldom revealed in Hollywood. I’ll always respect him for that.

  • ReElect NoOne

    1 John 1:9 states “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” If Hilter had confessed his sins of the Holocaust, he would be forgiven!

  • Mónica Slp

    I can’t go back on time to a specific interview and conversation. He has been on the public eye for many years, enough for people to get to know his character as a young and adult person.
    what makes you insist on 3rd parties? I don’t even watch TV or read magazines. I love his acting career and movies, I like who has become as an actor. But as a public personality, he really impressed me on this speech.

  • The Man from Scene 24

    What an awesome acceptance speech, I just learned of a new respect for this man.

  • Bill Norris

    He’s been caught doing some pretty strange stuff in Austin before, but like all of us, you start realizing what’s important in life. My hats off to him and I’m proud to be a fellow native Texan.

  • Bill Norris

    Amen brother

  • Bill Norris

    In my life, it’s God, me, wife, children, parents, anyone needing help, my enemies…God has everything to do with it.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, god gave him the acting talents to win an Oscar, but those hundreds of thousands suffering in North Korean prison camps? Well, I suppose they just weren’t godly enough to be saved. What an arrogant bunch of nonsense.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t act as though religion is the cause of all our problems. The issue is in people taking ideologies too far, from religion to politics. Even if religion were removed completely from society, there would still be war and hatred. That’s simply a product of how we evolved as territorial primates. Maybe one day we’ll move past that point, but I doubt it’ll be any time soon,

  • Agevazan .

    Such a great actor, person, human being. Just amazed at the precious genuineness of Mr. M.M. Strangely, I felt happy I learnt English–it became so handy understanding this moment in it’s greatness. To me, this could be a short movie in itself.

  • Richard Auwaerter

    Very nice acceptance speech. Matthew gave praise were it righty belongs. When Jesus walked among the crowds, there were non-believers. The bible teaches us that there are non-believers and believers. The book is a dividing wedge between those who choose God and those who do not, so I ask those that do not believer to come to the table of God and believe! Your life here on this planet is short so open up your heart and mind and walk with us in GOD’s name. We all were born to serve God. That is our mission on this planet.

  • Remembering 9-11

    I don’t think one “goes to extremes” to believe in God…or at least I don’t think that those extremes cannot compare to the extremes Christ went to for people to believe.

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  • MB

    TEXAS! Yawn. Why would it be a problem if God watched the movies? Does He not understand the concept of acting?

  • zedsdead

    “F’in intolerant morons. Cant stand these people.” That is funny. You are intolerant of intolerant people.

  • Jolly

    For me, It’s God, then my address, and then me. I prioritize God, then my home (think house number), my family and affairs, then my neighborhood (think street), those around me who will interact with and influence my family, next my city, then the affairs of my state, and ultimately my country and the rest of the world. And when all of that is taken care of, if I’m lucky, I find some time to think about me.

  • thedogwalker

    That’s rich, they praise the man for his love of god, then let their religious bias ruin the whole thing.

  • Weazlegirl

    I believe that he thanked God and that meant something to him. The fact is that he was in the middle of a speech and some people started applauding and cheering but he wasn’t done talking and they hushed out of respect for him continuing his speech. I didn’t see any evidence that anyone was shocked or dismayed at his thanking God. I also saw them jump to their feet and applaud AFTER Darlene Love sang in her acceptance speech “His Eye is on the Sparrow” which is an homage to God and Jesus if I ever heard one. It was joyous and wonderful. She got a standing ovation.

    There are a lot of differences we have Mr. Bill. I just think this is making something out of nothing when there is ZERO evidence to support that anyone was anything less than supportive of Matthew during his speech – no disdainful looks, no hateful glares, no booing, no gasps or smiles washed away from faces. It’s just customary to wait until AFTER a speech ends to applaud. There are so many things going wrong in the world – I just think this is making something out of nothing and making people hate others by imposing speculation and opinion.

  • Weazlegirl

    I don’t judge his character based on his public persona or media or even by their interviews – they’re doing that for their job. And she indicated that she DID NOT base it on a 3rd party.

  • BoomerMan

    Dear Mr McConaughey,

    On the day of your acceptance speech, 30,000 human beings starved to death across the planet. People were shot in home burglaries, kidnapped by thugs, physically and emotionally devastated by rapists. Children died horribly of leukemia. Loved ones received news that their mothers, fathers, siblings and closest friends were killed in accidents. Natural disasters wiped out cities, communities, homes, families, precious lives. So the assertion that God above ignored the needs of the genuinely needy and the cries of the afflicted so that he could focus his power on making you pretty and talented? That isn’t humble. In fact, upon examination, the mere notion is offensive to our deepest integrity.

    Additionally, as you have accepted the Oscar for playing a man who befriended a transgender woman, perhaps a fresh examination of the bible and its ideas about sexuality is in order. It ain’t pretty.

  • BoomerMan

    That being said, his performance was impeccable and stirring. His supporting actor, Jared Leto was equally mesmerizing in his role as a transgendered, aids infected hero. Well-deserved Oscars for both IMHO.

  • Anonymous

    Seriously? He mentions God and everyone goes ga-ga over him? This guy is a pot head, among other vices and questionable lifestyle choices. He’s a great actor, no doubt, but just because he mentions God in a speech doesn’t make him a Christian. Are we so starved for some attention from Hollywood that we will accept any mention of God? Something to consider.

  • Whocares

    Just because hes finally in a few good things and is getting his shit together and mentions god in his speech everyone forgets his accepted character in Killer Joe, and a dozen other awful characters and awful acting for decades. What a joke, just like Glenn Beck and all media garbage like Fox News

  • Wendy Wisniewski

    There’s nothing we can do without God. God is the reason for all we do.

  • Amy

    Godly testimony? Listen, mentioning God means nothing if it is not in truth and
    righteousness. The devils also believe.
    Isa 48:1 “Hear ye this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the LORD, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness.”

    James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

  • David

    Did no one else hear him say that he was his own god–”if you have God you have a friend and that friend is you”–and that he is his own hero? How sad is that to think that you can strive to be more like yourself and worship yourself more in order to achieve meaning in life.
    It is rather ignorant for people to raise a fuss about his bringing god into the speech. He was just tauting himself as divine. Most goat-slaying pagans consider themselves worthy of eternal worship like God. If they thought much about it the only contention they could have with Matthew is whether he and they could both be gods simultaneously.

  • Anonymous

    You’re misinterpreting what he said. I watched & listen to this video repeatedly at the point where he said it’s you trying to hear him say what you’ve accused him of saying. He did NOT say what you ‘heard’. He didn’t point to himself when he said and that friend is you but rather pointed to the camera (or audience). In essence he was indicating that God gave him a friend or friends in his audience.

    Now believe me I’d be the LAST person to defend McConaughey in light of the stripper movie he recently made, which I didn’t see it by the way. The trailers shown on TV were enough for me to know I wasn’t interested. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of his movies in a theater since I VERY rarely ever go. Occasionally I watch one of his movies on TV where they are edited. So I can’t really say much about exactly how innocent or Godless they are in their original content.

    But at the same time I’m not looking to call him a pagan either, especially by misinterpreting something he said.

  • Anonymous

    Religion is nothing. God isn’t about religion. God is truth… NOT religion. Your hatred is misdirected.

  • David

    I reviewed that part in the speech again, and I see what you are saying, but I think you too may be misinterpreting it. Although it is partly a quote, since he decided to use it we will view it as his own words. The statement is, “when you got God you got a friend, and that friend is you.” I agree with you that he is giving the audience the credit for being God. That is not really a whole lot better is it?
    Also, I was not trying to accuse him of being a goat-slaying pagan. I just don’t know why any of them would be upset that he worships himself or his audience.
    I said it in such a way as to incite people to think, but the real and simple point is that the god of whom he speaks is not God who created us and the world. He used the word “god” but addressed it to the audience and himself (as his own hero and muse).

  • Colt Maverick

    Yet you can’t stay away.

  • Johnson Kevin

    Almost an entire population (and it’s sizable) doesn’t believe in ‘God’ as we do here in the States. Therefore why would he allow them to come into existence knowing their fate per the book ‘we’ read would be a life of eternal damnation? That population is the Indians on the Asian continent. Do you mean to tell me that we just so happened to be the lucky ones who were miraculously born into the right country with the right religion(s)? How did we get so lucky and special? Lord knows I’m not special. I’m the same as you. Don’t think so? Ask the worms. We’re real equal in the ground….the worms don’t discriminate.

  • Johnson Kevin

    So Jeffrey Dahmer murdered for God. Or Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims made themselves available to be murdered for God.

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  • Dave Herrington

    So he goes from being a prime example of all that is liberal, i.e. pot smoker, kids out of wedlock, salacious movies to an “I absolutely love this guy” just because he thanked God during one speech?