Matthew McConaughey is back home in Austin after a virtual sweep of January's awards circuit. With a Golden Globe, Critics' Choice and SAG award for best actor under his belt, he's building momentum toward his first Academy Award.
If you watched any of those awards shows, you might have noticed one of his historic lines turning into an award-winning catchphrase: alright, alright, alright.
McConaughey exclaimed the phrase as he began his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes. While he's enjoying the highest acclaim of his career for "Dallas Buyers Club," it's a line from his first big break in "Dazed and Confused" that feels like his unintentional Oscar campaign slogan.
His "Dallas Buyers Club" running mate Jared Leto has used the "alright" line twice in acceptance speeches.
Even presenters are getting in on the act, with Jessica Chastain quoting the line before announcing McConaughey's win at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards.
McConaughey's awards show clout comes from a string of roles that elevated him from rom-com lover boy to characters like Ron Woodroof — complex and emotionally raw.
The impact of his performance left critics and audiences raving, and his charismatic acceptance speeches give a tip of the hat to where it all started.