Fresh off his Best Director win at the 2015 Golden Globes, Richard Linklater spoke about the process of making Boyhood and what the film meant for him and his career.
“It’s all about storytelling. As a filmmaker, you can’t help but be yourself when you’re telling a story,” Linklater said backstage at Sunday’s show.
But he acknowledged that the film succeeded because of the collective effort of his entire crew in front of and behind the camera.
“I’m the luckiest filmmaker in the world to have them support me like that,” Linklater said. “They stayed with it. No one drifted away. They got more dedicated.”
He echoed the sentiment in his acceptance speech onstage during the ceremony.
“I mean, I’m the guy up here holding this, but I really feel like I’m representing a cast and crew of 450 people who worked on this thing, gave everything of themselves all these years during this production,” he said.
After winning the award, Linklater also gave credit to those who invested in the film and allowed him to see the 12-year project through to completion.
“It was the greatest leap of faith,” he said about those who contributed to the film’s production. “I felt very blessed to have that opportunity, to work on such a big canvas.”
Boyhood also also won Best Picture, Drama and Best Supporting Actress, Drama for Patricia Arquette’s performance.
Reporting by C. Molly Smith