Matthew McConaughey speech at yesterday’s Oscars got different opinions from all over the world. Us Weekly called it a “touching” speech (really?) while Time called it “confounding” and “semi-bizarre”.
I’ll personally say that I’m a bit disappointed that McConaughey didn’t mention HIV/AIDS once in his speech. Given that he won for the “Best Actor” award in his role playing a person with AIDS in “Dallas Buyers Club,” you’d think maybe he could have paused his self-indulgent, self-congratulatory, self-obessed speech to mention — as did Jared Leto, who also won an Oscar playing a person with AIDS in “Dallas Buyers Club” — the “36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS.”
What do you guys think?
Check out both speech after the jump!
BRIDEGROOM is a documentary directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason that tells the emotional journey of Shane and Tom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship — a relationship that was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of a rooftop where he was photographing a friend. The story of what happened after this accidental death– of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized– is poignant, enraging and opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality like no speech or lecture ever will.
On May 7, 2012, the anniversary of Tom’s death, after a year of documenting his own grief, Shane decided to make a video tribute to his partner entitled “It Could Happen To You.” This film, posted on YouTube, received over 3.4 million views and has been translated into over 20 different languages. The impact of Shane’s YouTube video and the raw nerve it touched, tells us this is an important story that needs to be told.
With the incredible support from influential people like Brad and George Takei and Neil Patrick Harris, Bridegroom was successfully funded on July 19, 2012 by over 6,500 people on Kickstarter.com becoming the most funded documentary in the history of crowd funding, and released in the fall of 2013.
The documentary Premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and will Premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network October 27th 2013, at 10PM.
Watch the trailer after the jump and make sure you have Kleenex nearby…
I Do is an American drama film, released in 2012. Directed by Glenn Gaylord and written by David W. Ross. The film stars Ross as Jack Edwards, a gay artist from England living and working in New York City. Following the death of his brother Peter (Grant Bowler), he enters a green card marriage with his lesbian best friend Ali (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) so that he can stay in the country to help his widowed sister-in-law Mya (Alicia Witt), but is then forced to confront the unequal status of same-sex marriage as he meets and falls in love with Mano (Maurice Compte).
The film premiered at Los Angeles’ Outfest on July 18, 2012, and was screened at several LGBT and mainstream film festivals in late 2012 and early 2013. The film was released on DVD last week and is available on Amazon.com and I think you should watch it, it is very good!
I Do has won 12 awards including Palm Springs International’s “Best of the Fest”
Oh and David W. Ross is sexy as hell….I found this amazing shot of him, half naked, check it out after the jump! And he is gay for real…..not just playing the role of a gay man…