There's no denying the power of Matthew McConaughey's performance as a homophobic Texan who comes down with AIDS in the 80s when it was still incredibly stigmatized. He is convincing, and conniving, and brash.
McConaughey is a star reborn. It's really incredible what he has managed to do with his career. Remember when he was the guy that just kept playing the burnout surfer dude over and over? Not the case anymore, and he definitely is rising to the new roles he is being given.