Matthew McConaughey Is on the Brink of Making Emmy/Oscar History
Matthew McConaughey's Oscar-winning month may have set the stage for a history-making awards-show year.
A week after McConaughey claimed the Best Actor statuette for "Dallas Buyers Club," the 43-year-old star is the consensus pick of early-bird Emmy pundits to take Outstanding Lead Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for HBO's "True Detective." If the buzz holds, McConaughey will be the first Best Actor Oscar-winner to take home an Emmy in the same year.
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"True Detective," costarring McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as cops on the trail of a serial killer, wrapped its eight-episode inaugural season on Sunday night before a series-high 3.5 million live TV viewers, HBO reported.
At the awards-tracking site Gold Derby, three of the four experts weighing in with Emmy picks have McConaughey as the actor to beat in his presumed category ahead of the likes of Harrelson.
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Like "American Horror Story," "True Detective" is an anthology that is expected to compete as a miniseries rather than a drama series. McConaughey told the Oscar press last week he won't be back for a second round of "True Detective."
If McConaughey pulls off the Oscar-Emmy year, he'll be the first male actor to do so. The select bunch includes only actresses: Helen Hunt, Meryl Streep, and Helen Mirren. Liza Minnelli also pulled off the feat — it was half of her EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony); her "Cabaret" director Bob Fosse also scored the double wins.