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Patricia Arquette Wins Critics’ Choice Award, Wants Better Roles for Women

Patricia Arquette

Best supporting actress Oscar nominee and presumptive eventual winner Patricia Arquette took home the Critics’ Choice Award for best supporting actress for the movie “Boyhood” last night. The actress also talked to The Hollywood Reporter’s “Off The Cuff” Podcast to discuss a number of issues, including what it was like to film the multiple Oscar nominated movie. She has also joined a number of her fellow actresses in calling for better roles for women in movies.

The daughter of a Jewish mother whose siblings are also famous actors is in the middle of a clean sweep of all the major movie awards. She won the Golden Globe two weeks ago and racked up all of the significant regional critics’ associations awards.

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About making “Boyhood” Arquette told The Hollywood Reporter that, “The whole process was so unorthodox in the way that Richard Linklater, our director, decided to tell the story was so strange… because it’s so different than most Hollywood movies… he wasn’t catering to any demographic”

On seeing the final cut for the first time, “It was such a meaningful experience for me… it was so intimate to me… it was really terrifying to see it for the first time.”

On women in Hollywood, Arquette said at last night’s Critics’ Choice Awards, “I think that this conversation has probably been going on for 30 years and that’s unfortunate to tell you the truth. I do think it’s more difficult to get roles when you start to get older. And I do have to say, this role happened at this age in my life and I really never imagined it to happen. I’m excited about where film is going. I’m excited about more women getting behind the camera producing roles and writing roles.”

In spite of all of the recognition for her role in “Boyhood, ” Arquette did not cash in on the film. She and the cast have been very open about how little they were paid for the independent movie. She said, “It’s important to me as an actor to be able to make a living, but I’m going to tell you something: I paid more money to my babysitter and my dog walker than I made on ‘Boyhood, ‘ and to be in ‘Boyhood!'”

Let’s hope for her sake that now the actress will be able to command higher paydays for her future projects.



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