Will Matthew McConaughey earn his first Oscar nomination for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club? There’s buzz building around McConaughey and this film, but this is a strong year for lead actors and there’s some serious competition out there for the five Best Actor Oscar spots. Directed by Jean-Marc-Vallée, the cast also includes Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto.
Dallas Buyers Club opens in select theaters on November 1, 2013.
Matthew McConaughey stars in Dallas Buyers Club as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus. Ron, now shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, the entrepreneurial Woodroof joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts – who he once would have shunned – and established a hugely successful “buyers’ club.” Their shared struggle for dignity and acceptance is a uniquely American story of the transformative power of resilience.
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