Matthew McConaughey received the 2015 Celluloid Hero award at the New Orleans Film Society’s gala Saturday (March 29). In this video, shot by Lee Fritz courtesy of the New Orleans Film Society, McConaughey reads what he called his New Orleans ‘definitions,’ a sort of lovestruck prose poem to his home away from home. (Source)
Matthew McConaughey, the Oscar-winning actor and star of such locally shot dramas as “Dallas Buyers Club” and “True Detective,” has been named the recipient of the New Orleans Film Society’s 2015 Celluloid Hero award. McConaughey, who is in town shooting STX Entertainment’s Civil War action drama “The Free State of Jones,” will be on hand to accept the award at the Film Society’s annual fund-raising Patron Party and Gala on Saturday evening (March 28).
“Free State of Jones” director Gary Ross and executive producers Diana Alvarez and TG Herrington will accompany McConaughey to the award ceremony, scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. at the home of Paul and Sara Costello, 1213 Third Street, according to a media advisory issued Wednesday morning.
“It seems so apropos that in the New Orleans Film Society’s 25th year, we honor and celebrate Matthew McConaughey, one of the greatest actors of the last 25 years, with our Celluloid Hero award,” New Orleans Film Society Board President Alexa Georges was quoted as saying.
McConaughey is no stranger to the local film scene. In addition to “The Free State of Jones,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “True Detective,” over the past decade he has shot such projects as “The Paperboy,” “Killer Joe” and “Failure to Launch” in town. He also returned to the area after Hurricane Katrina — which followed principal photography on “Failure to Launch” by mere days — as a volunteer to help care for animals stranded in the wake of the historic 2005 storm.
Julianne Moore accepts the Best Actress in a Leading Role Award for ‘Still Alice’ from Matthew McConaughey onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.