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After spending 12 years making Richard Linklater‘s literal coming-of-age drama, Coltrane, now 20, had expressed ambivalence about continuing acting. The Austin native told New York magazine in June that he had fired an agent at one point before recently reconsidering and signing with Cinetic Management. Joining a major talent agency, though, is the biggest indication of his seriousness in pursuing an acting career. (He also remains interested in visual arts.)
Boyhood is both Coltrane’s first and most recent film. He technically made his debut playing a younger version of Joshua Jackson‘s lead character in the 2002 comedy Lone Star State of Mind and appeared in three other movies, including Linklater’s 2006 adaptation of Fast Food Nation.
Coltrane is a possibility in Oscar’s best actor race, while his breakout film is an awards season favorite. Earlier this week the New York Film Critics Circle named Boyhood its best picture of 2014, with Linklater and Patricia Arquette taking home best director and best supporting actress, respectively. Meanwhile, the movie received top audience honors at the Gotham Awards, which had recognized it with nominations for best feature, actor (Ethan Hawke), actress (Arquette) and breakthrough actor (Coltrane). Boyhood also has five Independent Spirit nominations and was named to the National Board of Review’s top ten films.
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