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'Dallas Buyers Club' screenwriter talks film's Oscar nominations




Matthew McConaughey stars as Ron Woodroof in Jean-Marc Vallée's fact-based drama,
Matthew McConaughey stars as Ron Woodroof in Jean-Marc Vallée's fact-based drama, "Dallas Buyer's Club," a Focus Features release.
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The "Dallas Buyers Club" has become a surprise success this awards season. Starring Matthew McConaughey, it was shot in less than a month, with no lights and a fraction of the budget of most of its competitors in the Best Picture field.

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It tells the true story of Ron Woodroof, a hard-living rodeo cowboy with HIV who becomes an unlikely hero during the early years of the epidemic. Through his "Dallas Buyers Club," Woodroof smuggles and distributes unapproved drugs to help AIDS patients to the consternation of the FDA and medical establishment.

The film has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including one for its screenwriter, Craig Borten who joins us to talk about the film.