At Deadline’s THE CONTENDERS sold-out daylong event last Saturday, producers Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter told the gathered AMPAS and Guild members the epic saga of getting Dallas Buyers Clubthis “little-movie-that-could” — made. As Brenner says after actors like Brad Pitt came and went, it finally was Matthew McConaughey who proved the charm, even if he still had to force the issue after losing 47 pounds for the role. Dallas Buyers Club is getting especially strong Oscar buzz for its actors including McConaughey and co-star Jared Leto. Jennifer Garner has also gotten some of the best reviews of her career.  After opening with limited runs last week, the film about Texan Ron Woodroof’s fierce battle against AIDS in the early years of the outbreak is expanding to more theaters today.

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