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Golden Globes 2014: Matthew McConaughey wins best actor in a drama as he portrays electrician

The Golden Globe for best actor in a motion picture was won this year by an actor portraying an electrician, pushing the occupation onto the world stage.

Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey nabbed the prestigious award for his portrayal of the real-life Ron Woodroof in Jean-Marc Vallee’s film ‘Dallas Buyers Club’.

McConaughey had to work hard on his physique and lose a large amount of weight before filming started on the movie in order to accurately portray Woodroof, a homophobic Texas electrician.

The story sees Woodruff diagnosed with AIDS and then going on to seek alternative treatments despite being warned against doing so by the US medical establishment. He faces many adversities along the way, and McConaughey called the role a "complex" one to play.

The win represented the first Globes victory and nomination for McConaughey, who found fame in rom coms including ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’. He is also starring in the new HBO series 'True Detective'. He did however scoop an Independent Spirit award for his portrayal of a male strip-club veteran in ‘Magic Mike’ last year.

Other actors competing against him for the Globe included Chiwetel Ejiofor for his role in ‘12 Years a Slave’ and Robert Redford for his part in 'All is Lost'. Tom Hanks was also nominated for his role in ‘Captain Phillips.’