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McConaughey honours Aids victims
Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto have told of their support for people with Aids after being nominated for Oscars for their HIV drama Dallas Buyers Club.
The actors were criticised by some after failing to mention Aids sufferers in their Golden Globes acceptance speeches, but they put that to rights when they released their reactions to their Academy Awards nods, said The Hollywood Reporter.
Matthew, who is up for Best Actor for his portrayal of Ron Woodroof, said: "I share this with the entire Dallas Buyers Club family of filmmakers, cast, and crew - and the real-life Ron Woodroofs and Rayons who continue to fight and live with dignity. Thank you."
Jared, who has a Best Supporting Actor nod for his performance as Rayon, a drug addicted transsexual living with the disease, said: "Today you not only honour me but also all those around the world living with Aids and all those we have lost to this disease. Thank you for recognising them and recognising their struggle through Dallas Buyers Club."
Dallas Buyers Club sees Matthew play Woodroof, a man diagnosed with HIV in the 80s who began smuggling in non-approved anti-viral medications into America and supplying them to other Aids patients.