Liza Minnelli pledges her Oscar to McConaughey

Actress clearly moved by his Dallas Buyers Club performance.

Minnelli... generous offer to Matthew McConaughey (Copyright: Rex)

Liza Minnelli has pledged her own Oscar to Matthew McConaughey if he doesn't take home the Best Actor gong at this year's ceremony.

Clearly bowled over by his performance, she made the offer while hosting a lunch event for Academy members in New York.

In an enthusiastic endorsement, the veteran actress also praised Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto's performances in the film.

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But it was McConaughey, who playes AIDS sufferer Ron Woodruff in the movie, who she started offering her possessions to.

“I have nothing to do with this film except that I am a fan of how it was done, of the insight and the way they played these characters,” she said.

“It drew you in, whether you wanted it to or not, and that's magic. That's magic. I mean, the last one [that did that for me] was 'On the Waterfront'!

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“I don't know what else to say. I haven't seen a movie like that in so long, and I'm so proud to be able to tell everybody. And honey [addressing McConaughey], if you don't win the Academy Award, I'm giving you mine!”

Minnelli won her Oscar in 1973, for playing the lead in perhaps her most iconic role, that of Sally Bowles in 'Cabaret'.

She is also the the only Oscar recipient whose parents were also both Oscar winners themselves – her father Vincente Minnelli winning Best Director for 'Gigi' and her mother Judy Garland winning an honorary statue for 'The Wizard of Oz'.

The nominations for this year's Oscars will be made on January 16.