Everyone knows who Ethan Hawke is – American actor, director and writer, famous for his Hollywood movies, documentaries, Off-Broadway plays and novels! To a wider audience he became well known after his role in the 2011 blockbuster Training Day, and he continued to be in a spotlight ever since. However, it was role of a father in a 2014 coming-of-age film Boyhood that earned him a cult status, along with Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations.
We would not be exaggerating if we said that Ethan Hawke was stunned when he discovered that his new film Boyhood was nominated for six Academy Awards, including nominations for Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing. Ethan never thought that this movie would be so successful. He said that he always believed that the movie was great, but he never believed or imagined that it would receive so many accolades.
Hawke is no stranger to Academy Awards: he’s already been nominated three times – for his role in Training Day, and for his co-writing skills on movies Before Sunset and Before Midnight. However, Ethan claims that this time, the situation is quite different, and that he has never done anything like Boyhood. He said that he’s been acting for 30 years, and that he believes that all his movies look like other movies that have already been made. Well, all except Boyhood. Hawke strongly believes that this movie is strikingly different, and that people are starting to realize that.
Hawke was asked could it be possible for Boyhood to receive the Academy Award for Best Picture, even though it is an independently funded film, to which he replied that there are slim chances for that, and that it would be unheard of. He also said that sometimes even the wildest dreams come true, and indie films can be a huge impact on mainstream culture.
Both Ethan Hawke and his on-screen partner Patricia Arquette have been in the business for decades, and are quite familiar with the movie industry, but their on-screen kids are new to this. Hawke said that he did feel as if he was their real father, especially during film festival appearances, where there are huge crowds of people, reporters and cameras, and all eyes are pointed at you. He’s been in the industry for 30 years, and he knows how to deal with it, he had the time to learn it, and even after all this time, he claims that it is emotionally hard for him. He said that it could be fun at times, but it could be baffling at times, so he’s trying to teach those kids about the good things of it, and to help them learn how to ignore the bad things.
Even if being skeptical about the nominations, Hawke seemed pleased when he learned about them. He said that, upon hearing this, the day would be very enjoyable.