To say Matthew McConaughey is having a stellar year professionally is a drastic understatement. The 44-year-old actor earned critical acclaim after his award-worthy roles in both the biographical drama Dallas Buyers Club and HBO’s anthology series True Detective. His performance in the former earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor and after earning equally rave reviews for his turn in True Detective, it’s to no one’s surprise that McConaughey also recently received his first-ever Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
True Detective stars McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, two cops on the hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana across seventeen years. The crime drama gained attention for its overwhelmingly positive reception from reviewers, but also for breaking new ground in terms of its format. The first season wrapped back in March, completing an entire story arc in just eight episodes. A second season will air next year, starring all new actors and a completely different story line.
Critics have been predicting McConaughey’s nomination and even preemptively declaring him a favorite for the win since the show’s end, although there was some debate as to which category the series would best fit into. Now that the nominations have officially been announced though, his frontrunner status has only become clearer.
Case in point? Even Harrelson, who is competing against McConaughey in the same category, told The Wrap that he’d rather that his co-star win. “It’s flattering to be nominated,” Harrelson told The Wrap. “But I have to throw my vote to Matthew, who I thought delivered the best performance of his life. Which is saying something.”