Oscars: Conservatives Mock Hollywood After Matthew McConaughey's 'God' Speech (Video)

Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
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Matthew McConaughey’s best-actor acceptance speech invoking God and family might have garnered a lukewarm reception from his celebrity colleagues at the Oscars on Sunday night, but it was getting lots of positive attention from conservative media figures, including Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, who used the moment to insinuate that Hollywood is anti-religion.

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“First off, I want to thank God because that’s who I look up to. He’s graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand,” McConaughey said after winning for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club.

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Limbaugh said during his syndicated radio show Monday that the celebrities at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood for the 86th Academy Awards were “confused” by McConaughey’s acceptance speech.

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After playing some of the audio, Limbaugh joked that “maybe three people” in the audience reacted positively when McConaughey thanked God. “That was the only time that they didn’t quite know what to do. That was it,” Limbaugh said.

During his radio show Monday, Beck interrupted audio of McConaughey's speech to joke that the celebrities weren’t reacting to McConaughey’s mention of God because they were asking themselves, “What agency is he with?”

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“They don’t even applaud. They just don’t applaud at the very beginning,” Beck said.

Later, Beck said of McConaughey: “I absolutely love this guy. Where has he been hiding?”




The website Twitchy.com, owned by conservative talk-radio company Salem Communications, opined that God got less applause than Woody Allen among the assembled. Twitchy also aggregated several tweets along those lines, including one from MTV host Chet Cannon, who tweeted: “Did you notice when he thanked God, the audience nearly took his award away?”

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While nonpartisan Time magazine called McConaughey’s speech “confounding,” right-leaning Breitbart.com called it “rousing,” and FoxNews.com published a story about the speech and the positive and negative reactions to it in the Twittterverse.

Email: Paul.Bond@THR.com

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