Ethan Hawke Explains Why This Oscar Nom Is More Special Than the Others

by Zach Seemayer 12:14 AM PST, January 16, 2015
Playing Ethan Hawke Explains Why This Oscar Nom Is More Special Than the Others

For Ethan Hawke, Boyhood has been more than just a film, it's been his life for over a decade. And now, as the film has been critically praised and Hawke's role has earned him his fourth Oscar nomination, he already feels like he's won.

Speaking to ET's Brooke Anderson at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards red carpet on Thursday, Hawke said of the nomination, "Everyone wants to turn these things into a race, but I try to look at it all like a big victory lap."

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And it's not hard to see why the film means so much to Hawke. As the 44-year-old actor explained, "The first time I was ever nominated [in 2002 for Training Day] my son had just been born… and then today he was turning 13."

"Right after he was born was when Richard Linklater first approached me with the idea of Boyhood," Hawke added. "I've been working on it the whole of [my son's] life. Today was his 13th birthday and we got an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. It's so cool!"

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Boyhood received six Oscar nominations in total, including Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing.

Boyhood also got a lot of love Thursday night at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, where it won Best Picture, Linklater took home the award for Best Director and Patricia Arquette won for Best Supporting Actress.

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