While he was there, Moviefone got to sit down with the actor, who expressed happiness over his successful 2012. He was also very appreciative of all the audience support he's gotten in the last year.
Of course, this McConaughey is a far cry from the man we saw in cheesy romantic fluff like "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" and "The Wedding Planner." Will this critical success continue? It's a good possibility, especially if you look at what's ahead for McConaughey in the coming year. In addition to "Mud," 2013 will see the actor star in three other major movies: Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," Simon West's "Thunder Run," and Jean-Marc Vallee's "The Dallas Buyers Club." It's the latter performance, based on a true story, that has already gotten the most attention, with McConaughey losing 30 pounds to portray a man who, after testing HIV positive, began smuggling anti-viral medications into the states for himself and others suffering from the disease.
Ahead, we count down the 11 best things the 43-year-old Texas native told us at Sundance.