Matthew McConaughey Having a Very Good Year

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This has been Matthew McConaughey's year.

He is getting a lot of recognition for his films this year. He was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as an AIDS-afflicted good ol' boy in Dallas Buyers Club. While that role is getting most of the Oscar attention, the small part he has as a sharp-tongued stock trader who teaches a few tricks of the trade to his new employee, Jordan Belfort, in Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street also has critics talking.

On Saturday the Dallas Buyers Club star was honored with the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala.

"Mathew is a true professional," Gary Oldman, who presented the award to McConaughey told The Hollywood Reporter. "We worked together a long time ago. He's charming, funny as hell, and his humor is so unique. It's under the radar. I love his work in Dallas Buyer's Club -- it's just thrilling."

McConaughey spoke of his incredible weight-loss during the gala, for which he sought advice from Tom Hanks during his own weight-loss feats for films Philadelphia and Castaway.

“There was never enough money, we did it under $5 million, not enough time, the shoot took 28 days. There was enough food on the set but we couldn’t eat it," he said.

He is also a 2013 finalist for The Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year Award.

One can only wonder what 2014 will be like for Matthew.

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Pam Wright