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Matthew McConaughey Has 'A Lot To Be Thankful For'

Kevin Blair Kevin Blair
3/9/2014 9:00am EDT

Matthew McConaughey People MagazineAll 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.”

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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