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Welcome to the Dallas Buyers Club

As there is still over a month until the Oscars 2014, I shall start posting about all the nominees for Best Motion Picture. Let’s begin with the first of them: the “Dallas Buyers Club”.

  • What is it about?

dallas_buyers_clubThis movie is based on the real life of Ron Woodroof. Texas. The 80s. Ron is a Texan man who one day, during a check up, discovers that he carries the HIV, though he is no homosexual. The doctors give him 30 days to live but he refuses to believe it. Seeing as the medicines he has been given are useless, he decides to go to Mexico to find better medicines that would help him. Those medicines are illegal in the USA thanks to the FDA, but not in the neighbour country. Then, times goes by, and he is still alive. So he decides to smuggle these medicines into the USA to help other AIDS infected…..

  • What is good about it?

In 4 words: Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto.

They ARE the movie. Both of them have been receiving plenty of awards nominations, including the Oscars. Matthew has been nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and Jared for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, and there is a reason why. Matthew lost so many pounds to get into his role, truth to be told, I almost did not recognize him at all with this new poundless style and that black moustache!! He really does an amazing job. His body language really expresses what the character is feeling and what he is: an AIDS victim. Jared, on the other hand, is a transvestite who is also infected with HIV, and he does get into the character too. With his body language and those dresses and wigs, he does not look like him at all, but deep down you know he is there. I have hardly any doubt that both of them will receive their Oscar award.

  • Did you know?

– Jared Leto lost 30 pounds for his role.

– Matthew McConaughey lost 47 pounds in assuming his role as an AIDS patient.

– The film marked Jared Leto’s return to acting after 5 years.

– Jared Leto stayed in character as Rayon throughout filming. At one point, he went grocery shopping in character at a local Whole Foods where he received numerous stares and double takes.

  • Oscar Nominations: 6

– Best Motion Picture of the Year

– Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Matthew McConaughey

– Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Jared Leto

– Best Achievement in Film Editing

– Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

– Best Writing, Original Screenplay