It'd be interesting to know how many of the hundreds of millions of people watching the Academy Awards on Monday switched off or hit mute, like I did, when McConaughey invoked the world's most popular imaginary friend during his acceptance speech for the Best Actor gong.
What'd be sobering, however, is how many more - at least in the US - said "Amen, brother" and crossed themselves during the broadcast.
As a massive fan of MMc's work in the current HBO drama True Detective, as well as his role in Dallas Buyer's Club, I'd tuned in to see if my boy could bring home the bauble and, surprisingly as favourite, he beat out the other four pretenders. I actually cheered.
Then he started in: "First off I want to thank God - because that's who I look up to. He has graced my life with opportunities I know are not of my hand or any human hand."
"He has shown me it's a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late Charlie Lawton: 'You got God, you got a friend. That friend is you'."
Non sequiturs aside, McConaughey's words hit me like ice water dashed on my chest. It was as if I'd discovered a close friend is an anti-vaxer or my partner sees dead people.
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