Liza Minnelli likes The Dallas Buyers Club so much that she has started her own mini campaign to get the HIV-themed movie some Oscars. Nomination ballots are due on Wednesday, but yesterday as a New York Luncheon with Oscar voters, Minnelli turned up to toast the movie and wasn’t lacking in her praise for Matthew McConaughey.
THR reports that she told attendees, “I have nothing to do with this film except that I am a fan of how it was done, of the insight and the way they played these characters. And the fact that you were watching something that wasn’t necessarily comfortable but you could not stop watching. It drew you in, whether you wanted it to or not, and that’s magic. That’s magic. I mean, the last one [that did that for me] was ‘On the Waterfront.’ [laughs] You, crazy Matthew, losing all of that weight [pats her stomach] — it’s one thing to lose all of that weight and to look like that — that’s harrowing enough — but then to run like you did, with a body like that? And Jared, I mean, everything that you did — all of the placements, every single second — I felt wonderful for you, proud of you and sorry for you all at the same time, which I think one only feels for your friends. And Jennifer [Garner] was great — she was just f—ing great! [laughs] I don’t know what else to say. I haven’t seen a movie like that in so long, and I’m so proud to be able to tell everybody. And honey [addressing McConaughey], if you don’t win the Academy Award, I’m giving you mine!”
Liza of course won the Best Actress Oscar for Cabaret in 1973.
Here’s the Dallas Buyers Club synopsis: ‘Based on the incredible true story of Texan rodeo cowboy Ron Woodroof and his battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies after being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1986. Starring Matthew McConaughey (Mud, Killer Joe, Magic Mike), Jared Leto (Requiem for a Dream, Fight Club) and Jennifer Garner (Juno).’