Just after snagging his first-ever Oscar for Best Actor in his role as an HIV-infected cowboy in “Dallas Buyers Club,” Matthew McConaughey thanked God before thanking his wife, children, and even his parents.
“First off,” said Methodist-raised McConaughey in his acceptance speech, “I want to thank God, because that’s who I look up to. He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or of any other human hand. He has shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. When you’ve got God, you’ve got a friend, and that friend is you.”
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There were only a smattering of claps at the actor's mention of God, making the often-liberal Hollywood stars in attendance appear uncomfortable, but his thankfulness was appreciated by conservatives.
A Fox News tweet pointing out McConaughey’s praise got more than 3,500 retweets and was favorited more than 4,000 times.
Conservative pundit Ann Coulter sent out several tweets about McConaughey’s speech, including this one:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry also lauded McConaughey on Twitter, as did the Young Conservatives.
New York Times writer Matt Apuzzo pointed out the crowd's silence during McConaughey's reference to God, but its enthusiasm for a movie reference.
Country music singer Lee Greenwood, whose song “God Bless the USA” is often played at conservative rallies and events, tweeted praise for McConaughey.
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