Any film award-distributing entity that doesn’t give Matthew McConaughey a Best Supporting Actor trophy for “Magic Mike” should instantly lose both credibility as well as whatever sort of accreditation is required to perform such a task. The Golden Globes should close up shop today rather than face the ridicule that is certain to follow today’s injustice. I mean this is to the level of Casey Anthony. This is OJ mouthing thank you to the jury. I have no idea how Hollywood wasn’t swarmed with powder blue helmets because this is maybe the one time in the history of civilization that an election should be monitored by an outside entity.
Are you f-ing kidding me, Golden Globes. Now I will grant you that the line-up in this year’s Supporting Actor category is a formidable one. Likely, if pressed, I would agree that Philip Seymour Hoffman is, on most occasions a slightly better thespian than Matthew McConaughey. But not this year. Not this role.
You could fall back on the argument that he was basically playing a version of himself. There were the bongos. I assume that the house with all the iconography of him was actually his house. He rarely had a shirt on. But that case is instantly debunked by anyone with a memory and an internet connection. If people aren’t rewarded for playing pretty much the thing that society believes them to be then how can you justify nominating Courtney Love for playing a crack addict married to a man more successful than her? Anyone remember “The People Versus Larry Flint”?
It’s not even so much that he wasn’t nominated. I mean that just shows a complete lack of understanding of the craft of acting (and I’m speaking as someone who has little to no understanding of it myself) and how a person can transform himself so entirely that you forget that he exists but now only see this figment of his imagination that he is, by some sort of miracle, projecting onto the screen. But what’s most astonishing is that after seeing Matthew McConaughey in “Magic Mike” that the Hollywood Foreign Press even bothered to watch other performances in other films.
There is not much I know for sure in this life. Institutions have failed my generation at every turn. Churches are corrupt; politicians lie; corporations grind up the truth for profit. But this…of this I am certain: there was no better supporting acting performance in a motion picture in 2012 than Matthew McConaughey in “Magic Mike”.