Matthew McConaughey wouldn't be where he is today without a little tough love from his family. Accepting the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama at the 2014 Golden Globes on Sunday, Jan. 12, the Dallas Buyers Club star thanked his mom for never letting him watch TV as a kid before acknowledging his wife, Camila Alves, for pushing him to be and do better.
"A time like this," the star said, "makes me want to say thank you to my mother for a real reason: When we were growing up, we weren't movie kids, we weren't TV kids. If it was daylight you had to be outside playing. 'We'd go, 'Why mom, why can't I just watch 30 minutes of TV?' She goes, 'Don't watch somebody on TV do it for you, get out there and do it for yourself.'"
"Now, this many years later, that's a pretty good recipe for an actor, to go be the subject of whatever you're doing, so thank you, mom, for that," he said.
"[I want to thank] my wife, Camila, who's not only put up with me all this time, but, I mean, kicked my ass out the door, saying, 'Go get it, go get it, go get it, McConaughey, my man, my king,'" he said in his speech, as the camera panned to Alves, with whom he has three young children. "Kids: Levi, Vida, Mr. Stone [son Livingston]. Love you all!"
The actor, who lost a startling 40-plus pounds to play Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club, shared a similar sentiment on Jan. 4, when he accepted the 2014 Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival gala.
"I'd like to thank my own family, who was incredibly encouraging at 5 a.m. out the door in the morning in the dark. And you were incredibly encouraging coming home at 8 p.m. each night," he said at the time. "I know I wasn't that easy to live with at that time. You never let me know that, I appreciate it."
McConaughey beat out fellow nominees Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years a Slave, Idris Elba of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Tom Hanks of Captain Phillips, and Robert Redford of All Is Lost for the Best Actor Golden Globe. His costar Jared Leto also took home a trophy on Sunday, for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.