Let's talk the elephant in the room, and by that I mean Matthew McConaughey's performance in True Detective.
I've been watching this show for the last few weeks and if you haven't heard the reviews already, it is incredible.
I'll just get this out the way quickly and save you the time of reading any further, Matthew McConaughey should absolutely, positively, without a doubt, win Best Actor.
My reasons you ask?
On average, we are treated to one great performance once a year per actor and said actor would usually go on to win the big award. For the past year and half, however, MM has exceeded that expectation by a mile, and then some. Mud, Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street and True Detective.
Just stop and think about that for a second.
To put this into perspective, I would normally have completed watching the Oscar contenders by the end of January, but this year, because of this show, I only just did so a few days ago.
This for me has been one of the few years in recent memory where I can assuredly say that a TV series has surpassed most of the nominated films. The writing, acting and plot captures your imagination and attention not just for an hour, but for days at a time. As you may have guessed, Matthew McConaughey is phenomenal as is the rest of the cast. Even so, in terms of direction, cinematography and pace, I don't recall ever seeing anything like it on TV.
We're witnessing MM going through a bit of a personal renaissance, from the run-of-the-mill rom com 'surfer dude' to finding virtue in stillness and becoming one of the best actors of our time.