Matthew McConaughey is enjoying his Oscar moment.
The 44-year-old actor is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his role as Ron Woodroof in the drama "Dallas Buyers Club." The nomination marks McConaughey's first Oscar nod and the actor has already taken home a Golden Globe Award, a Critics Choice Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for the role.
OTRC.com caught up with McConaughey at the 2014 Oscars Nominees Luncheon (see PHOTOS here) and the actor talked about enjoying his nomination, the change in his career and more.
Check out highlights from the interview below and watch the interview with McConaughey above.
1. He's enjoying his first nomination and will never get sick of talking about "Dallas Buyers Club."
"This is the first time for me to be nominated, to be a part of a film and a performance that's been making these award rounds and people are shining a light on it," the actor said. "Whether it ever happens again, I don't know. Even if it does, it's still my first time."
"So I'm just enjoying being really present. Head high, heart high and enjoying this," he added. "You know, 'cause I'm not going to get tired of talking about my experience with 'Dallas Buyers Club' ever."
2. McConaughey talks about switching gears in his career.
"I was enjoying my career when I wasn't doing the movies I've been doing the last few years," McConaughey said. "I was ready to switch gears and I'm really enjoying what I'm doing now. "
He continued, "I'm loving these dramas and these thrillers and these anti-heroes and getting to work with some incredibly specific-minded, singular-minded directors and little stories that -- some of them are independents, they're not ones that people say, 'Oh, that's a mainstream film' -- and I'm enjoying it."
3. The actor calls his nomination a "highlight" in his career.
"Well it is the highlight in my career in the approach. It's not something that I look at as a destination because I don't feel like it's the end of anything," he said. "As I was saying earlier, I feel younger than I ever had in my approach to creating, but this is a real highlight and a great moment in my career. Not any destination like, 'Ah, I did it,' not that, but a great, great moment in my career that I will hopefully continue to just remain on the approach with."
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).