Boyhood won the Golden Globe for best motion picture, drama, on Sunday night.
The win marked the third prize for the title, which went into the awards show with five nominations. Earlier, Boyhood won Golden Globes for best supporting actress (Patricia Arquette) and best director (Richard Linklater).
Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making coming-of-age film about a young boy (Ellar Coltrane) growing up in Texas was also nominated for best supporting actor (Ethan Hawke) and best screenplay (Linklater). Released in July, the IFC Films title has been a frontrunner for awards accolades all season. The film is also up for three Screen Actors Guild awards, a Producers Guild award, a Writers Guild award for best original screenplay, eight Critics’ Choice Awards and five BAFTA and Independent Spirit Awards.
The film beat fellow nominees Selma, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything and Foxcatcher.
Taking the stage to accept the best drama award, Linklater noted that he’d already spoken once that evening and turned the microphone over to IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring. Linklater said the film “wouldn’t exist if [Sehring] didn’t take the biggest leap of faith in film history and give us money every year for 12 years to make this movie.”
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“To work with someone like Richard is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; I’ve had that opportunity three times,” Sehring said. “When he came to us 12 years ago with this project, 14 years ago, we said yes, because the man has such humanity, he’s so humble. He put so much of his own life into this movie. This is all Richard.”
Sehring went on to thank the film’s cast and crew in Boston and Texas and his family, which he indicated was what made him want to make the film.
“To my own Boyhood, my wonderful wife, Louise, and her wonderful kids, James, Kellan and Tyler — what made me buy into the movie,” Sehring said in closing.