The American Cinematheque kept the McConaissance rolling Tuesday night, giving
"Matthew's motto is 'just keep livin',' and to that I say, 'We're trying, but it's hard to find the time when we're giving you an award every two weeks,'" host and friend
A parade of McConaughey's costars, past (
McConaughey, seated with his wife, Camila Alves, two of their three children and his mother, Mary, seemed to thoroughly enjoy every aspect of the benefit gala for the nonprofit Cinematheque, frequently raising a bottle of beer (his table was well-stocked) to a presenter.
"I'm relaxed," McConaughey told The Times before Kimmel kicked the night off. "The work's all done. Oh yeah. It's right here," he said, pointing either to his jacket pocket or his heart.
"The thing is," he added, "is that it adds up to a couple of decades, but it all seems like it was just the other day. Every single bit of it."
The night included the requisite shout-outs to shirtlessness and naked bongo playing. (Actually, there were several stories involving nudity, including Hudson relating a night in the Canadian Rockies when she found McConaughey howling at the moon from atop a boulder.) There was Jennifer Garner, telling the audience that McConaughey invested as much care and effort in their 2009 romantic-comedy
And there was McConaughey's
The evening culminated with "Interstellar" writer-director
"I'm not a believer in the McConaissance," Nolan added. "I think Matthew's success of late is the rest of us catching up with what he was doing."