Boyhood Star Patricia Arquette’s Long Road to the Oscars

Boyhood Star Patricia Arquette’s Long Road to the Oscars


Boyhood is one of the films that is sweeping the awards season by storm this year as is one of its leading ladies, Patricia Arquette. The actress recently received her first Oscar nomination for her role credited as “Mom” in Boyhood and it is a role that seems to be changing the star’s career for the better.

Arquette is best known for her role in the long-running television drama Medium, for which she won an Emmy Award. Aside from Medium and a few other television roles, the Boyhood actress may not be very well known to the common public. Reasoning for that could be due to Arquette’s long-term dedication to working on Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which was filmed over a record-breaking period of twelve years. The project began in 2002 and was not finished until 2014, although the same exact principal cast was used throughout the entire duration.

The story of Boyhood follows the life of a boy, Mason (played by Ellar Coltrane), and the events that occur throughout his life from age five to eighteen. Audiences literally watch the boy grow up before their very eyes and see the changes in relationships and career paths that his mother and father go through. Ethan Hawke, who also received an Oscar nod for his portrayal of the boy’s father joins Coltrane and Arquette in the principal cast. The nominations are rightfully deserved as the two actors playing the boy’s parental figures hold the picture down with fully-committed choices that determine each character’s long-term arc, beautifully.

It is a difficult task to take on the complexities of a character with a normal shooting duration, which can range from 3-6 months, roughly. To keep consistent complexities of deep characters such as these for over twelve years is a feat to be applauded.

Hawke has not managed to sweep up any awards for his part in Boyhood yet, only nominations. The likes of J.K. Simmons in Whiplash has been scooping up every Best Supporting Actor trophy. Arquette, however has managed to fair exceptionally well, even amongst one of her more threatening competitors, Meryl Streep, who has nineteen Oscar nominations to her name, winning three.

Streep has been consistently nominated alongside Arquette in the Best Supporting Actress categories this year for her portrayal of the Witch in the Rob Marshall-directed Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. Streep displays another layer of acting with having the challenge of telling a story through song. But even the likes of a show-tune-belting Streep has not been able to knock Arquette off of her awards domination track.

The Oscar race is still anyone’s game as the Academy has been known to throw a few surprises here and there. But rest, assured Arquette will be the one to give a hell of a fight. Boyhood is nominated for six Oscars in total including Best Director for Linklater and Best Motion Picture of the year.

Patricia Arquette and the stars of Boyhood have had a long road to the Oscars, but after twelve years in the making, are finally there. Audiences will get to see who will take home the gold when the Oscars are broadcast live on Feb. 22, 2015.

By Cody Collier

LA Times
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