ByMark Newton, writer at
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Mark Newton

Matthew McConaughey's mantelpiece shelf must be reaching breaking point. While still riding high on the wave, of what people insist on calling, the 'McConaissance', the rom-com actor turned drama heavy-weight has been snapping up every award under the sun, including the Critics Choice Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series.

McConaughey recent took home the prize for this role as Rust Cohle in HBO's [True Detective](series:755331) and, as well as using the podium to reel of the obligatory long-list of thanks, he also took the time to give his two cents on the state of the television industry today. McConaughey explained he's recently been asked a lot about why a film actor would appear in a television show, to which he gave a simple response: "Quality".

McConaughey continued by stating that "Television is the raising the bar on... character-driven drama", in particular praising the medium for the opportunities it gives actors. You can check out his full speech below:

Matthew McConaughey certainly doesn't appear to be alone. There has been a bit of a exodus of big name film actors to television recently, including Kevin Spacey, Steve Buscemi, Don Cheadle, Billy Bob Thorton and his co-star Woody Harrelson. Furthermore, even directors like David Fincher and Guillermo del Toro are getting involved in television shows.

It's also true what McConaughey says about the 'water-cooler' affect of television. Despite being predominately a film website, I would certainly say the majority of Moviepilot's casual chat concerns television shows such as [Game of Thrones](movie:817617), or when it aired, [Breaking Bad](series:200567). What other medium can give you a weekly injection of drama, action and twists and turns?

Although unexpressed by McConaughey, there is another plague that has been spreading across Hollywood in recent years. The mainstream movie market is now saturated with reboots, sequels and remakes - meaning it's even tougher for interesting original stories - such as those shown on television - to get traction in the modern cinematic environment.

Of course, as a medium, film will live on, and there are still exciting and interesting films being made - especially in the indie circuit. Indeed, television shows can also fall foul of similar vices. As a show becomes more successful and lasts longer, it inevitably stagnates or jumps the shark. Whereas film's have a maximum of around 3 hours to deliver a story - television shows have an unlimited amount of time, and sometimes that can be a curse, especially when money and ratings get involved.

What do you think is the most creative medium at the moment?


What do you think is the most creative medium at the moment?

Source: FilmInquiry


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