The daughter of a Jewish mother whose siblings are also famous actors completed a clean sweep of all the major movie awards. She won the Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild Award and racked up all of the significant regional critics’ associations awards.
Some people feel that Arquette was actually the leading lady of the film, but the studio chose to call her a supporting actress for awards purposes. She may be grateful for that move as Arquette may not have been able to win out over the women who were nominated for best actress.
In her acceptance speech Arquette thanked just about everyone, from her entire family, her director Richard Linklater, to her co-stars like Ethan Hawke – who lost out for a best supporting actor Oscar himself – and what she called the whole “Boyhood family.”
Arquette also took time to acknowledge the nonprofit which she supports, FoodLove.org, which she said helps to improve the environment and bring sanitation to the third world.
But in a move that may have thrilled women all over the world, but annoyed the Academy Awards, Arquette also made a political statement calling for equal rights and equal pay for all women. The actress prefaced those remarks by stating that she had something to say for every woman who has ever voted or given birth.
She made similar comments, albeit offstage, to reporters at the People’s Choice Awards saying, “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.”
Directed by Richard Linklater (School of Rock, Before Sunset), Boyhood tells the story of a boy named Mason from the ages of 5-18. It is notable in that the entire production – cast and crew alike – took 12 years off between filming the story of the five year old and the story of the 18 year old.