How Southern Gentlemen Won The Oscars

March 3, 2014 | By | Comments (6)
Matthew and Jared

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No doubt about it: our Southern boys Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are all grown up. And these two fine Southerners owned the Oscars last night (each taking home a statue for “Dallas Buyers Club,” Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.)

It feels like just yesterday we were watching Matthew do “alright, alright, alright,” in “Dazed and Confused,” and swooned over Jared as Jordan Catalano in “My So Called Life.” But in the two decades since, this duo has grown up. Not only did they win the top award in film, they did it with Southern style.

Let’s break it down.

Both showed class — No stunts, or goofy wardrobe tricks. Each looked handsome in his  tux, arrived with family, and had clearly thought what they would say if they won. Like professionals. A refreshing break from award shows of late. Well done, gentlemen.

Both thanked their mamas — With specific shout outs to their moms, both in the audience. Jared flashed back to 1971 Bossier City, Louisiana, where his mother, a single teenager, taught her boys the values of creativity and hard work. Matthew (from Uvalde, Texas), shared that his mother taught him the value of self-respect for self, and for others. (Matthew also thanked his late father, saying he believes he’s looking down with a big pot of gumbo and a lemon merengue pie.)

Both reached for a higher good — “I want to thank God because that’s who I look up to,” Matthew said.  “He has graced my life with opportunities that are not of my hand or any other human hand. ” Jared dedicated his Oscar to the people of the world who suffer from injustice. (Have we mentioned their mamas raised them right?)

Way to make us proud, gentlemen. Rest of the world: take note!


  1. Andrew George

    We have Mathew and woody on our next two projects . Come get involved .

    June 8, 2014 at 1:33 am
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    March 4, 2014 at 3:44 pm
  3. CarolinaMama

    Well done Southern Gentlemen and well written, Erin! Nice to take note of such good things. We Southern Moms unite to raise our boys right! Am thankful for my own Louisiana (Daddy) and North Carolina (Mama) parents.

    March 4, 2014 at 2:34 pm
  4. Sharon E Maley

    Hannah, Whaaat!!!

    March 3, 2014 at 4:54 pm
  5. Hannah

    Should the first sentence read “our Southern Boys Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto”??

    March 3, 2014 at 1:22 pm
  6. Eric

    Don’t thank God for blessing.

    March 3, 2014 at 9:44 am

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