McConaughey wins supporting-actor Spirit Award

6:40 PM, Feb 23, 2013   |    comments
Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum (l-r) in scene from movie "Magic Mike", Warner Bros Pictures
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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Matthew McConaughey has won the supporting-actor prize at the Spirit Awards honoring independent film for his role as a flamboyant stripper in the hit flick "Magic Mike."

McConaughey joked at Saturday's ceremony that he "had to take (his) pants off to win a trophy."

Austrian writer-director Michael Haneke's old-age love story "Amour" won for best international film. The 70-year-old Haneke quipped that he felt he was the oldest man in a room filled with young filmmakers.

Among other early winners were the teen drama "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" as best first film, from director Stephen Chbosky, who adapted the picture from his novel.

Derek Connolly also won for first screenplay for "Safety Not Guaranteed," a romantic comedy with a time-travel spin.

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