Jared Leto perfected the art of the acceptance speech on Thursday (January 16) at the Critics’ Choice Awards.
The Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman was awarded the honor of Best Supporting Actor for his role in “The Dallas Buyers Club,” using the opportunity to deliver both a heartfelt and gracious “thank you” and poke a little fun at his co-star, Matthew McConaughey.
“I’d like to dedicate this incredible honor to all the people around the world that are living with HIV,” Leto began, “all of the people that have lost their lives to this horrific disease and all of the people that are fighting to change the way that people that have HIV/Aids are treated. To them, I thank you.”
Admitting that his mind was “completely blown” at the Golden Globes on Sunday (January 12), and that he forgot to mention “a lot” of people in his speech, Leto’s gaze fixed directly on McConaughey. “Gotta do it, baby,” he said. “Alright, alright, alright!”
The line would be delivered again (twice!) when Jessica Chastain delivered the trophy for best actor to McConaughey and when the actor stepped up to accept his award.
“I’ll do it again!” McConaughey said with a smile.
Will the “Dazed and Confused” line get old by the end of awards season? Maybe. But it’s been two decades since the stoner comedy hit theaters and we are still pretty amused.
Among the night’s other top winners are Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock and Mark Wahlberg.