‘Boyhood’ Director Richard Linklater To Be Honored By Casting Society

Boyhood director Richard Linklater will receive the Career Achievement Award from the Casting Society of America (CSA).

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Linklater is being recognized for his 17 feature films and his work with casting director Beth Sepko on Boyhood, which used the same actors for a project that took 12 years to make. The award is scheduled to be presented at the 30th Annual Artios Awards on January 22.

CSA President Richard Hicks issued a statement on Linklater’s upcoming honor by the society.

“Richard is a filmmaker whose work is both current and timeless. With ‘Boyhood,’ he worked with casting director Beth Sepko to make casting choices, which sustained the film’s emotional truth over the 12 years it took to shoot. It demonstrates the power of making the artistically authentic choice and highlights how much can be achieved with quality casting. His career is full of such work. It’s a special year for the Artios, our 30th, and it required an extraordinary honoree. We are thrilled to salute him.”

In addition to Linklater receiving his award, Into the Woods director Rob Marshall will be honored with the New York Award and casting director Ellen Lewis will receive the Hoyt Bowers award at the ceremony.

During an exclusive interview with the Inquisitr, actor Ethan Hawke discussed the experience of meeting once a year for the past 12 years with Richard Linklater and the rest of the cast and crew.

“I think I can say that we collectively grew to love it more and more. At first, it felt like a fun experiment, and then it turned into something we all loved so much.”

Boyhood is one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year, earning a 99 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Many praised Richard Linklater for the bold move he took when making the movie, including Newsday’s Rafer Guzman.

“Richard Linklater’s latest feels more like living a life than watching a movie. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience.”

Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle was another critic to praise Linklater and the film.

“Few filmmakers ever make a great movie. Fewer still ever make a movie that expands what movies can express. Richard Linklater does both with ‘Boyhood.'”

The film has been garnering plenty of Oscar buzz, too, with Indiewire being one of the websites predicting that it will be nominated for Best Picture. Other films that are predicted to compete with Boyhood include Birdman, Whiplash, and The Imitation Game.

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