Monday, May 27, 2024

Steven Soderbergh Makes an Awards Plea for Matthew McConaughey: Performance was “Bananas”


Oscar DVDs pouring in. This writer votes with the Broadcast Critics for the Critics Choice Awards (airing January 10th on the CW network). In today’s package from Warner Bros: a sealed envelope containing a letter signed by director Steven Soderbergh.

“Dear Broadcast Film Critics: I’m breaking my long standing embargo regarding pleas for recognition because the core creative team of MAGIC MIKE really hopes people are reminded at the end of the year of Matthew McConaughey’s performance as Dallas, which we found completely bananas in the best sense of the word. As he says in the film, “The moon is just a chip shot away!”

I totally agree with Soderbergh. But that first is a very long run-on, in sore need of editing. But it’s nice of him to write to us. Best Supporting Actor is a tight race this year. Robert DeNiro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Alan Arkin, Scoot McNairy (“Killing Them Softly”), plus possible entries for Leonardo DiCaprio (“Django”) and Russell Crowe (“Les Miz”) and we don’t know anything about “Zero Dark Thirty” or “Promised Land” yet. I really liked Jim Broadbent in “Cloud Atlas.”

But into the race we will now enter M McConaughey. And who knew Steven Soderbergh worked out of New York? That was an even bigger surprise!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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