Matthew McConaughey Thanks Wife Camila Alves, Kids: "I Know I Wasn't That Easy to Live With" During Dallas Buyers Club Filming

Entertainment Jan. 7, 2014 AT 8:30AM
Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves at the Palm Springs Film Festival Matthew McConaughey and wife Camila Alves arrive at the 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Award. "I know I wasn't that easy to live with at that time," he told the crowd Saturday night. Credit: Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images

Matthew McConaughey has his family to thank! The star, who is generating major Oscar buzz for his role as HIV-positive patient Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club, knew he was not easy to live with during the filming of his "career-defining performance."

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Wearing a metallic gold-colored suit jacket, 44-year-old McConaughey thanked his stunning wife Camila Alves, 31, and their three young children -- Levi, 5, daughter Vida, 3, and Livingston, 12 months -- as he received 2014's Achievement Award for his role in the movie at the Palm Springs International Film Festival gala on Saturday, Jan. 4.

"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," the handsome actor said with his trademark, devilish grin. "And you were incredibly encouraging coming home at 8 p.m. each night," he continued on with a more somber look.

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"I know I wasn't that easy to live with at that time," he confessed as he kept his gaze focused on a specific spot in the room filled with his colleagues. "You never let me know that, I appreciate it," he said. Alves attended the gala in a gorgeous, black, sheer-and-lace gown by Mikael D.

(For his role in Dallas, the typically-fit star shed a startling 40-plus pounds to play Woodruff -- and looked suitably gaunt. "We did have enough food on set, but we couldn't eat it," he joked during his speech Saturday night. "We all became obsessed with it," he added. "We were unable to be objective in the making of it.")

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"This last year has been really, really rich for me career-wise. It's been rich for me family-wise" he told Us Weekly back in November. "There's been a lot of evolution for me. It's been a great year."

Gearing up for awards season, the Golden Globe nom has meanwhile been spending time with his family. McConaughey and his gorgeous brood were last photographed in Brazil (his wife's native country) enjoying a fun day back in mid-December.

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