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Matthew McConaughey won the Golden Globe for best actor in a dramatic film on Sunday for his work in "Dallas Buyers Club" as an AIDS sufferer who smuggles drugs for other patients.
McConaughey defeated Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years A Slave"), Idris Elba ("Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom), Tom Hanks ("Captain Phillips") and Robert Redford ("All Is Lost").
"This film was never about dying. It was all about living," said the 44-year-old Texan.
He recounted how long it took to make the movie, which is directed by Canada's Jean-Marc Vallee.
"This story ... was 20 years an underdog. Turned down 86 times. Nobody wanted to put up money," he said.
"We got the right people together five years ago, (they) stuck to it, put some skin in the game -- and here it is."
His co-star Jared Leto won a best supporting actor Globe earlier in the evening.
It's been a busy year for McConaughey, whose work in "Dallas Buyers Club" and Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" seems a world away from the romantic comedies in which he made his reputation.
Channel-hoppers in the United States on Sunday could catch McConaughey not only at the Golden Globes gala, but also in the premiere of the HBO police drama "True Detective," in which he stars alongside Woody Harrelson.