When an actor undergoes a major physical transformation to play a role, Academy voters just can’t help themselves. It can be gaining a lot of weight (De Niro, Raging Bull), uglying up a pretty actress (Theron, Monster) or even just slapping on a fake schnozz (Kidman, The Hours). Each of those actors took home Oscars, and so it seems like a safe bet that Matthew McConaughey will at least be nominated for Dallas Buyers Club. After all, he managed the toughest transformation – losing some 40 pounds to play HIV patient Ron Woodroof.
So is his performance more than just dropping the pounds? Local audiences will be able to find out on Friday. But if you can’t wait until then, you’re in luck – we have five passes (good for two each) to a special advance screening on Thursday at the Angelika Dallas. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., but you must be to the theater by 7:15 to ensure your seats will be waiting for you.
Want in? Just be one of the first five people to e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and you’ll be in.
UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who e-mailed; we’ve got our winners.