Richard Linklater’s Boyhood received five Indie Spirit Award noms yesterday including best feature and director, and now Linklater can add another kudo to the list. He will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s awards gala on January 3. The fest runs January 2-12.
Past recipients include Academy Award-winning filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, and Michel Hazanavicius.
“Richard Linklater’s latest feature film is the critically acclaimed Boyhood, a one-of-a-kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “For his creative innovations in filmmaking, The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Richard Linklater with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.”
Linklater wrote, produced and directed Boyhood, a film about growing up as seen through the eyes of a boy named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette star as Mason’s parents, along with Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha.
Linklater’s film credits include Slacker, Dazed And Confused, Waking Life, Tape, School Of Rock, A Scanner Darkly, Bernie, Before Sunset and Before Midnight. Both Before Sunset and Before Midnight earned him Oscar noms for Best Adapted Screemplay.
Linklater will join previously announced PSIFF honorees Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, and Rosamund Pike.