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The unexpected love thrown to "Dallas Buyers Club" by the Academy was on of the best surprises when the Oscar nominations were announced last month. The film's 6 nods are a testament to the moving direction of Jean-Marc Valle (he earned an editing nod), the smart script by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack and, obviously, the career best performances from stars Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner and other unheralded members of the film's ensemble. McConaughey and Leto are the frontrunners in the best actor and best supporting actor categories respectively and have deservedly swept the equivalent Golden Globe and SAG Awards honors.
Focus Features has provided HitFix with some exclusive commentary from McConaughey breaking down one of the final scenes in the movie. This moment finds Ron Woodroof (McConaughey) near the end of his rope trying to keep his medical buying club alive and, basically, just trying to stay alive. He's consoled by Eve (Garner) as they drink a beer in an empty house donated to Woodroof to keep the DBC going. McConaughey talks about how he and Garner focused on striking the balance between being sincere, but not too sentimental and, what often goes unnoticed, not saying too much.
You can watch the exclusive clip in the video at the top of this post.
"Dallas Buyers Club" is still playing in theaters, but also available on Blu-ray and DVD.