(Three of) Five Signs That the McConaissance Is On

Welcome to the McConaissance

It may have started as a whisper, but soon it took on the force of history. In 2012, Matthew McConaughey revealed to Huffington Post, “Some writer somewhere told me, ‘It's a McConaissance’," the star remembered. “I was like, that's fun. I don't know if that's a real word, but it is now.” Recently GQ, who’d named Matthew McConaughey “Leading Man of the Year,” was trying to grasp where in this historical phenomena we currently were in 2013. The McConaissance? Or “The Pax-McConaughey?” GQ ended with, “We're going with the McConaugh-reign. Long may it last!” And if anyone doubted its veracity, the carefully fact-checked The New Yorker announced in January, “There’s no denying the McConaissance now.” But those of us who were watching could see the McConaissance on the horizon for awhile, and here we chart the five sure-fire signs that told us of the coming of the McConaissance.

3. Mud

In 2013, the McConaissance gathered steam when McConaughey showed up in Jeff Nichols’ Mud. In this powerful American drama, McConaughey plays the title character, a mysterious fugitive from the law who convinces two teenage boys to help him hide out on an island in the Mississippi river. New York Times’ A.O. Scott points out that Mud highlights McConaughey’s remarkable exploration of southern masculinity: “Mr. McConaughey commands attention with a variation on a certain kind of Southern character: handsome but battered, charming but also sinister, his self-confidence masking a history of bad luck and trouble.” The Los Angeles Times’ Betsy Sharkey adds, "McConaughey beautifully articulates with his honeyed drawl the very essence of a grizzled, determined romantic. It is the best work of the actor's career.”

2. True Detective

In 2014, the McConaissance proved so powerful that it spread beyond the world of film into the realm of television. HBO’s True Detective –– directed by JANE EYRE’s Cary Fukunaga –– showcases McConaughey’s talent as Detective Rustin “Rust” Cohle, who, along with partner Detective Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson), recount their tortured 17-year-old collaboration and their most famous case. In The Daily Beast, Andrew Romano wrote, “McConaughey's remarkable performance: a coiled, intelligent, perfect thing that should once and for all erase his hard-earned image as a shirtless stoner drawling his way through a perpetual string of interchangeable romantic comedies. It is some of the finest screen acting I've seen in a long time.”


The final proof that we are truly in the midst of the McConaissance is DALLAS BUYERS CLUB. As the star of this inspired-by-a-true-story film, McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, a cowboy who finds a way to live his life to the fullest after he is diagnosed with HIV. As The Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern writes, “This classic tale of a little guy taking on giants benefits from being essentially true, and from accomplished filmmaking, but most of all from the beautiful vitality of Mr. McConaughey's performance.” It’s a performance that has been acclaimed by critics, audiences and awards groups. It has already earned Mr. McConaughey a Golden Globe, a SAG, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, as well as scores of Best Actor honors from critics associations. And that’s just the start. He’s also nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor.

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