The McConaissance is complete. Matthew McConaughey has capped off a great couple of years with top-tier performances in films like "The Lincoln Lawyer," "Magic Mike," "Killer Joe," "Mud" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" by landing a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in "Dallas Buyers Club."

Like other actors who took the stage Sunday night, he took a moment to praise the work done by his co-nominees in the category. "All of these performances were impeccable, in my opinion," McConaughey said. "I didn't see a false note anywhere."

It was an expressed goal of the actor's to change the trajectory of his career after a decade of studio flare that didn't appear to challenge him more than appeal to his movie star charisma. For the role of Ron Woodroof — a Texas homophobe diagnosed with AIDS and forced to track down alternative, unapproved medication abroad — McConaughey lost quite a bit of weight and found himself in a run-and-gun operation far from the cush environs of a studio production.

"It's basically when [Woodroof] really found some form and function in his life for the first time," McConaughey told HitFix in an October interview. "He found the first thing, from wake to sleep — and he didn't sleep much — he could fight for. It was a new frontier, so he was pioneering, finding out all this sh*t. So that's what I kind of found myself doing with the research, is I was like, 'We'll just keep pounding on it. Pounding on it.' And I got more energy after I got down there. I needed three hours less sleep a night, which was odd. I didn't expect that."

"Dallas Buyers Club" also won Oscars for Best Supporting Actor and Best Makeup and Hairstyling Sunday night.

Kristopher Tapley has covered the film awards landscape for over a decade. He founded In Contention in 2005. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Times of London and Variety. He begs you not to take any of this too seriously.