The Contenders: Matthew McConaughey Starrer DALLAS BUYERS CLUB Moves To November
If Matthew McConaughey doesn’t win an Oscar this year, it will be a travesty of epic proportions. Between his spectacular performance in Mud, his role in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street and what looks to be the role of his career in Dallas Buyers Club, the often underappreciated actor has more routes to an Academy Award this year than even a Weinstein movie.
Well, Focus Features much see Oscar gold in McConaughey’s future, too. The distributor is moving up the release date of the AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club from Dec. 6 to Nov. 1, putting it in prime Academy Awards territory.
Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, tells the real-life story of Texas electrician Ron Woodroof who took on the US medical establishment by smuggling antiviral meds in to the US at the height of the AIDS crisis.
The new release date moves Dallas Buyers Club away from the releases of Oscar contenders Out of the Furnace, directed by Scott Cooper and starring Christian Bale, as well as the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis. And in a crowded awards season, eliminating competition for eyeballs is one of the best ways to gain a competitive edge.