To celebrate McConaughey and his contribution to film, the American Cinematheque held a star-studded gala in his honor, and ET caught up to the Oscar winner on the red carpet.
ET's Kevin Frazier had to ask the actor how he kept his recent monumental success in perspective.
"I went back to work [this year] and did two more films that I'm more excited about than anything I've done," McConaughey told ET. "I'm happy to say that each film I've been doing, the next one turns out to be my most favorite film. And I'm glad that keeps happening… I'm loving my career. I'm loving the work I'm doing more than I ever have in my life."
"Tonight I'm getting honored for 22 years of my career," McConaughey shared. "And they're saying, 'Hey, we think what you've done made an excellent contribution to the art of cinema.' That's pretty humbling."
"I'm 44, getting this award," the star added. "If you would have asked me 20 years ago, 'Would that be nice to get that, and if you did when would it be?' I sure probably would have said older than now!"