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Matthew McConaughey wins his first Oscar: ‘Alright, alright, alright’

Matthew McConaughey poses in the press room during the Oscars at Loews Hollywood Hotel. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Well, the McConaissance is official, as Matthew McConaughey walked away with his first Oscar on Sunday night for his performance in “Dallas Buyers Club.”

“It’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates,” said Matthew McConaughey, who appeared on the verge of tears as he thanked God, his family and the Academy. Naturally, he wrapped up his speech with a shout-out to his famous “Dazed and Confused” line: “Alright, alright alright” and “Just keep livin’.”

His win wasn’t exactly a surprise: McConaughey, 44, who lost an extreme amount of weight to play AIDS patient Ron Woodruff in the film, has been unstoppable this award season. He picked up Best Actor trophies everywhere from the Golden Globes to the SAG Awards to the Independent Spirit Awards. He immediately became a Twitter sensation after the Globes, starting with the “alright, alright, alright” line and making everyone excited for a McConaughey sweep of awards.

The real Woodroof was a hustler and hellraiser, but he wasn't entirely the man portrayed in the film. (The Washington Post)

Who would have thought? Over the course of two decades, McConaughey went from starring in stoner flicks to becoming a rom-com king to HBO show star to Academy Award winner. Here’s a look back at some of his most iconic career moments leading up to his first-time Oscar win:

1993: Appears as Wooderson in Richard Linklater’s now-classic “Dazed and Confused”

2001: Stars as Generic Rom-Com Hero in “The Wedding Planner” opposite Jennifer Lopez

2003: Further cements Rom-Com King status in “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” with Kate Hudson, though his character in this one is a bit more complex

2012: Takes everyone by surprise with a dynamic performance as a stripper in “Magic Mike” — even gets Oscar buzz, though that doesn’t pan out.

2014: Gets raves in HBO drama “True Detective” for his philosophical cop alongside Woody Harrelson

More on the Academy Awards

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TV critic Hank Stuever: Happily wasting too much time at Ellen’s easy-does-it Oscars show

Full recap: Oscars 2014

Photos: Academy Awards 2014

Photos: The best moments from the Oscars

Video: The Oscars in 2 minutes

Full list: Winners and of nominees 

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.



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