McConaughey wins Oscar for best actor

By The Associated Press Updated at 2014-03-03 05:34:38 +0000

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matthew McConaughey has won the Academy Award for best actor for his performance as a desperate and determined AIDS patient in "Dallas Buyers Club."

McConaughey lost some 40 pounds for the role, which capped a remarkable recent career transformation for the 44-year-old actor, once a regular in lightweight romantic comedies. It was his first Oscar nomination; he won the Golden Globe for best actor in a drama earlier this year.

The other nominees Sunday night were: Christian Bale, "American Hustle"; Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"; Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"; and Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave."