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Matthew McConaughey already has his eye on the prize

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Is Interstellar worthy of Oscar gold? Its star seems to think so

It's never too early to start thinking about Oscar season, at least as far as Matthew McConaughey is concerned.

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Matthew McConaughey believes his new film, Interstellar, is already, definitely a contender.

McConaughey, who already scored some best actor gold for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, stars as a space explorer searching for the far reaches of other galaxies in the highly anticipated Christopher Nolan flick, which has been years in the making and hits theaters Nov. 5. According to The Independent, McConaughey spoke on the red carpet at Interstellar's Los Angeles premiere and said the film is definitely in the race for some of the coveted statuettes.

"We'll see, that's down the road but tonight we are declaring right here in Hollywood, California, which is the great thing about this business, we plant the seeds," he said. "Christopher Nolan has been working on this for years and tonight he gets to declare here in Hollywood at a premiere with all the glitz and the lights and the glamor, this is harvest time."

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McConaughey, who was joined by his wife, Camila Alves, and his Interstellar costars, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, also talked about how grueling it was to shoot the film and the amount of time it took to recover once shooting wrapped up.

"I took a long, long, long nap," he confessed. "I rested my body and I rested my mind for about 10 days because it was a long, enduring journey we went on. It was supposed to be hard but it was hard and luckily I didn't finish and wish I shoulda, woulda, coulda."

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Do you agree with McConaughey about Interstellar being headed for the Oscar short list? What other films do you hope will be contenders this year? Tell us in the comments.

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