Matthew McConaughey has won the best actor Oscar for his turn as a homophobic cowboy in the 80s-set Aids drama Dallas Buyers Club.
The US actor defeated fellow nominees Leonardo DiCaprio, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christian Bale and Bruce Dern to win the first Academy award of a chequered film career.
The bookies' favourite heading into the night, McConaughey had earlier won the best actor in a drama Golden Globe for his acclaimed performance as Texas rodeo cowboy Ron Woodroof, who smuggled unapproved medication into the US after being diagnosed with Aids. The Oscar marks the high point of a career that has bounced McConaughey from early acclaim in the likes of Lone Star and A Time to Kill, through a lucrative run in Hollywood romcoms to a recent critical resurgence in Mud, Magic Mike and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Accepting the award at the Dolby theatre in Hollywood, he said he needed three things each day in life: someone to look up to, someone to look forward to, and someone to chase. The first, he explained, was God. The second was his family. And the third, the person he continually chased, was himself in 10 years' time.
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