Oscar nominees McConaughey, Leto give AIDS tribute

AMF_7277 (341 of 376).NEFMatthew McConaughey and Jared Leto have paid tribute to those who have battled AIDS after receiving news of their Oscar nominations yesterday (January 16). The Dallas Buyers Club actors were each nominated for their performances in the film, while the movie also scored four other nominations for Best Picture, Original Screenplay, Editing and Make-up and Hairstyling. McConaughey has been nominated in the Best Actor category, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Bruce Dern and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Responding to his nomination, McConaughey said: "I am honoured and grateful for this nomination. I love working in an industry and craft that inspires me daily and allows me to tell stories that translate humanities and move people. I share this with the entire Dallas Buyers Club family of filmmakers, cast, and crew -- and the real-life Ron Woodroofs and Rayons (Leto's character) who continue to fight and live with dignity. Thank you." Meanwhile, Leto said in a statement: "Today you not only honour me but also all those around the world living with AIDS and all those we have lost to this disease. Thank you for recognising them and recognising their struggle through Dallas Buyers Club. I am absolutely blown away by this incredible nomination. I never in my life thought I would have the opportunity to even write these words. This was a fascinating story told by a group of incredibly passionate and committed filmmakers who wanted to create something special and shine a light on a unique and important story. I'm proud to be a part of this celebration." American Hustle and Gravity lead this year's Academy Award nominations with ten apiece, while 12 Years a Slave follows closely with nine. The 86th Annual Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, March 2. Watch a trailer for Dallas Buyers Club below: [youtube height="HEIGHT" width="WIDTH"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8utPuIFVnU[/youtube]