Ahead of Oscars, Boyhood's Linklater reflects on evolving family unit

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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After 12 years of filming "Boyhood" and a year promoting it, director Richard Linklater is finding it hard to fathom saying goodbye to a project that he calls deeply personal in its reflections of the modern American family.

"This film and the way we shot it for so long, I don't think it even feels like it's over, and it won't maybe until we quit all being together," Linklater told Reuters.

Up for six Oscars on Feb. 22 and a front runner for the best picture top prize, "Boyhood" has been lauded for doing what has never before been done in cinema - filming the story of a boy as he grows into a man, using the same cast over 12 years.

Released in theaters last July, "Boyhood" captures the coming-of-age of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from age six to 18, as he and his sister are raised by their single mother (Patricia Arquette) and see their father (Ethan Hawke) on occasion.

"I think 'Boyhood' hits a lot of people as it's similar to the way they grew up, so many people have families that aren't by-the-textbook perfect," said Linklater, the writer-director of films including "Dazed and Confused" in 1993 and "Before Sunrise" trilogy between 1995 and 2013.

"It does say a lot about the ever-changing family unit and the notion of family."

"Boyhood" has so far made $44 million worldwide after being made for a budget of $4 million, according to movie tracker BoxOfficeMojo.com. Both Arquette and Hawke are nominated in the Oscars' best supporting acting categories while Linklater is up for best director and screenplay.

"Boyhood" won three categories at Britain's BAFTA awards including best film earlier this month, and also received the coveted Golden Globe for best drama in January.   Continued...

 
Director Richard Linklater poses at The Hollywood Reporter's 3rd annual Nominees Night to honor the 2015 Academy Award nominees at Spago in Beverly Hills, California February 2, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok