Actor and producer Matthew McConaughey spoke Saturday night during the New Orleans Film Society gala at the home of Paul and Sara Costello, in a short speech that summed up his fond feelings about the Crescent City, “home of the shortest hangover on the planet.”

McConaughey, an on-and-off resident of New Orleans, attended the annual gala to accept the organization’s 2015 Celluloid Hero Award.

Clutching champagne flutes and small plates, the elegantly dressed crowd listened raptly to the soft-voiced actor, who spoke from a small stage set up on the lawn.

The slideshow above showcases the five best McConaughey quotes from his speech. Click here to see the full text of the speech.