Focus Features' Dallas Buyers Club Earns Six Oscar Nominations

Focus Features’ Dallas Buyers Club earned two top awards at the Golden Globes on Sunday, Jan. 12, including Matthew McConaughey for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama. The film also took home the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Jared Leto).

Dallas Buyers Club has also earned six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced nominations for the 86thAnnual Academy Awards on Thursday, Jan. 16. In addition to Best Picture, Dallas Buyers Club received the following nominations:

  • Actor in a Leading Role
  • Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Film Editing
  • Makeup and Hairstyling
  • Writing (Original Screenplay)

The Academy Awards are scheduled for March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Ellen Degeneres will host the Academy Awards.

Inspired by true events, Ron Woodroof’s story of strength is told in Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée from an original screenplay by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack. Matthew McConaughey portrays the real-life character, whose self-interest is galvanized into something much more.

A son of Texas, Ron Woodroof is an electrician and rodeo cowboy. In 1985, he is well into an unexamined existence with a devil-may-care lifestyle. Suddenly, Ron is blindsided by being diagnosed as H.I.V.-positive and given 30 days to live. Yet he will not, and does not, accept a death sentence.

His crash course of research reveals a lack of approved treatments and medications in the U.S., so Ron crosses the border into Mexico. There, he learns about alternative treatments and begins smuggling them into the U.S., challenging the medical and scientific community including his concerned physician, Dr. Eve Saks (Screen Actors Guild Award winner Jennifer Garner).

An outsider to the gay community, Ron finds an unlikely ally in fellow AIDS patient Rayon (Gotham Independent Film Award winner Jared Leto), a transsexual who shares Ron’s lust for life. Rayon also shares Ron’s entrepreneurial spirit: seeking to avoid government sanctions against selling non-approved medicines and supplements, they establish a "buyers club," where H.I.V.-positive people pay monthly dues for access to the newly acquired supplies. Deep in the heart of Texas, Ron’s pioneering underground collective beats loud and strong. With a growing community of friends and clients, Ron fights for dignity, education, and acceptance. In the years following his diagnosis, the embattled Lone Star loner lives life to the fullest like never before.