“Boyhood” won Best Picture at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards on Jan. 15. Director Richard Linklater accepted the award with several cast and crew members onstage. “Boyhood” is a drama that was filmed over a 12-year period to show a boy (Ellar Coltrane) growing up.
Linklater recalled being called “the child of divorce” and being referred to as the product of “a failed marriage, a broken home.” However, the director didn’t see it that way. “Especially as I got older, I realized, you know, no one was broken. No one failed. This happens to so many people, you know. It’s just life. All of these little imperfections that we carry around with us, that is really just the essence of life itself. Life doesn’t give you perfect, but it does give us all an opportunity to care about one another and be supportive.”
That was the message of “Boyhood,” according to Linklater. He was grateful that people supported a movie that was about caring for others.
Watch Linklater’s Best Picture acceptance at the 2015 Critic’s Choice Awards below:
“Boyhood” scored several awards at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards. Coltrane won Best Young Actor, while Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress. Linklater also picked up the award for Best Director (though not before Judd Apatow made an expletive-filled introduction). Other big winners included “Birdman” and “Grand Budapest Hotel.”
While it’s impossible to tell if “Boyhood” will win big at the Oscars, this certainly tips some Oscar predictions in its favor. The film is nominated in several of the same categories for the 2015 Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture.