Ellar Coltrane, also known as the “’Boyhood’ kid,” won Best Young Actor/Actress at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Award. The flick is a coming-of-age movie that filmed Coltrane for 12 years. He was only six when they started and he reportedly did not know what he was getting himself into, the Hollywood Reporter wrote.
“A year ago I really didn’t think anyone was going to care about this movie,” he said during his acceptance speech. “And it’s been an adjustment to accept all the really nice things people say.”
He went on to thank costars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette -- among others -- and then finished with, “Thank you so much.”
Coltrane, now 20, didn’t share any personal anecdotes during his succinct speech. To learn more about the “Boyhood” star, continue reading for some quick facts.
1. He’s Had Other Acting Gigs:
It might have taken 12 years to make the movie, but “Boyhood” isn’t Coltrane’s only acting experience. He’s also appeared in “Fast Food Nation,” “Lone Star State of Mind” and “Hallettsville,” according to his profile on the Internet Movie Database.
2. His full name is "Ellar Coltrane Salmon"
The actor decided to use his middle name instead of his last name because “it just feels too personal to put on the screen,” he told New York magazine, according to THR.
3. He wasn’t forced to film for 12 years:
Director Richard Linklater told the New York Times he didn’t feel comfortable making Coltrane and his parents sign a contract for that long. “You wouldn’t contract anyone to do something like this for 12 years, much less a 6-year-old,” Linklater said. “My hope was that his parents and him would see this as a positive thing in his life and a fun thing to be involved in every year.”
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