Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong'o and Matthew McConaughey gave the top speeches on Oscar night, though for very different reasons
Most Redeemed: Jared Leto was a little glib in his Golden Globes acceptance speech. Sure it’s a lighter awards show than the Oscars, but talking about his “Brazilian bubble butt” was perhaps a touch too light. He certainly seemed to have realized the Oscars, and the subject matter of his nominated role in Dallas Buyers Club, required some gravitas. Picking up his statue for best supporting actor, Leto gave a sensitive speech in which he thanked his mother, gave a shout-out to all the dreamers in the world and dedicated his win to everyone who has been ravaged by AIDS.
Most Sincere: The night’s most memorable and heartfelt speech belonged to Lupita Nyong’o, who won the award for best supporting actress for her role as Patsey in 12 Years A Slave (which also won best picture.) “It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is due to so much pain in someone else’s,” she said, referring to her role as a young slave in the film, based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography. The actress also thanked family, cast members and director Steve McQueen, ending on a beautiful note: “When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”
Best Hollywood weirdo: Matthew McConaughey sure is out there. He used to like smoking weed and playing bongos naked – and now, with his turn in Dallas Buyers Club, he’s proved his gift as a dramatic actor. All sides of his personality were there in his best actor acceptance speech. He thanked God, as the person he looks up to - which many observers on Twitter said seemed out of character for his laid-back hippie persona. He thanked his family, the people he looks forward to. And he thanked the person he is always chasing – his “hero,” who, wait for it, is himself, 10 years from now. To right the scales, he also lovingly thanked his mother and father, did a little dance and delivered his catchphrase — “alright alright alright.”