All right, all right, all right! He grew up, settled down, and found true happiness with his wife, Camila, 31, and their three children, Levi, 5, Vida, 4, and 15-month-old Livingston.

This week’s issue of PEOPLE goes inside Matthew McConaughey’s super-fun journey -- and what’s next. He embraced marriage and fatherhood, but he still loves those bongos.

Fresh off his magic moment and Best Actor Oscar win, the free-spirited Texan savors his success–and just keeps livin’. “I’m having a ball right now,” the 44-year-old star tells PEOPLE. “I try to give a lot to my life and the people in it,” he adds, “and I know they sure give back. I have a lot to be thankful for.” His career reinvention has earned its own name: McConaissance. “Usually if your career turns great, you’re getting into the debit section on the family or fatherhood,” he says. “But everything is at a good level.”

45 PAGES of OSCAR:
All the glamour, gowns, jewels, and behind-the-scenes dish on the 86th annual Academy Awards.

Best dresses, hot gossip, inside the parties, men in black (and white), behind the hair, the Beauty Awards.

Plus: How the belle of the ball, Lupita Nyong’o, stole our hearts.

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-Michelle Duggar: My Struggle With Bulimia
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