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'Dallas Buyers Club': Underdog Film Turned Scrappy Oscar Contender

January 16, 2014

"Dallas Buyers Club" is a film that prompts a discussion about money, not big Hollywood money, but rather the lack thereof. The scrappiest of the nine films nominated for a best picture Oscar on Thursday cost just $4 million to make and 25 days to film. "Dallas Buyers Club" garnered six nominations in total, predictably for McConaughey and Leto who both shed dozens of pounds (kilos) for their roles and were rewarded with Golden Globes last Sunday for best actor in a drama and best supporting actor, respectively. The film took 20 years to make from script inception and was touch-and-go even after McConaughey got involved in pulling together financing.