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Can Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood) get in for Best Actor?

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  • Adri m.
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    Boyhood seems to be embraced by fans and critics, and is predicted to get some Oscar nods (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress) but what about Best Actor? Can Ellan Coltrane get a nomination for his 12-year performance? If he does, he will join the group of ”kids” that got Oscar Nominations even Ellar Coltrane is now 20: 

    -11: Haley Joel Osment ”The Sixth Sense”
    -10: Quvenzhané Wallis ”Beasts of the Southern Wild”
    -11: Anna Paquin ”The Piano” (Won)
    -8: Justin Henry ”Kramer vs Kramer” 
    -20: Ellen Page ”Juno”
    -20: Jennifer Lawrence ”Winter’s Bone”
    -20: Keira Knightley ”Pride & Prejudice” 
    -20: Timothy Hatton ”Ordinary People” (Won) 

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    Troye
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    I hope he can and think he deserves a nod, but it’s highly unlikely that he will actually get in. If Boyhood has a strong momentum, it can at best get Hawke in. It would take a super super strong momentum for the Academy to nominate Coltrane.

    It’s unlikely that Coltrane will get a SAG, Golden Globe or BAFTA nod, and without any of those it’s almost impossible to be nominated at the Oscars. Sure Quvenzhane got in but we all know it’s always easier for the Actress category since it’s often a lot less crowded. Critics have already seen so many performances that are Oscar-worthy: Carell, Keaton, Redmayne, Cumberbatch, Spall, Fiennes, and they still haven’t seen other potential contenders like Affleck, Phoenix and O’Connell. Also, the Academy almost never nominates “unknown” actors in the Best Actor category (Osment, Henry are both Supporting. And remember Timothy Hutton, who was arguably the lead in Ordinary People, somehow won in Supporting). Add the fact that Boyhood is released early in the year. It’s too strong an argument against Coltrane being nominated.

    I still have him now still at my fifth spot but that’s only because it’s still early. If no particularly strong supporting evidence shows up, I’ll almost certainly take him out in the end. Prediction and personal preference are two things after all.

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    Macbeth
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    I would love for him to get nominated, but sadly Best Actor this year is filled with very showy performances by well-established actors. Also, Best Actor has a lot of bias towards kids – he’s my age at the moment, and the last time someone was nominated for Best Actor under the age of 20 was Mickey Rooney in 1939.

     

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    ETPhoneHome
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    The moment I saw the film, I thought he would be a lock for a nomination. I moved him into my predictions instantly, but in the weeks since, I just gradually realized that it is very unlikely and it would be a big upset if he did. There are already 5 performances that I’ve seen that feel more likely, and there are twice as many that are still coming that have a better chance too. I just don’t see it anymore.

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    Macbeth
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    #161574

    The thing is he would be more deserving than most eventual nominees, but he will just be ignored because he’s (a) unknown and (b) young 

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    Cheshire
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    If the academy loves Boyhood as much as the critics and the campaign is strong, it can be very much possible.

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    vinny
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    #161576

    Would LOVE to see him get rewarded for such a great performance but not really sure it might happen.

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    TomHardys
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    I’ve seen Boyhood 4 times now and I found Coltrane more and more annoying by each time. He’s not just the weakest link in the cast… in my opinion he’s the weakest link of the whole movie. No soul. No depth. No life. A very flawed performance. I don’t think he deserves to be nominated over the likes of (and I’ll be naming actors that are not certain locks or frontrunners): Fiennes, O’Connell, Spall, Boseman, Gyllenhaal, Tatum, etc.

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    FilmGuy619
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    As much as I would love to see that happen, I just don’t see it. If there is any actor from that film that will get nominated, it’ll more than likely be Patricia Arquette and/or Ethan Hawke. Even if Coltrane was nominated, they’d probably pull that supporting b.s. since he is an unknown actor. 

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    Macbeth
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    I’ve seen Boyhood 4 times now and I found Coltrane more and more annoying by each time. He’s not just the weakest link in the cast… in my opinion he’s the weakest link of the whole movie. No soul. No depth. No life. A very flawed performance. I don’t think he deserves to be nominated over the likes of (and I’ll be naming actors that are not certain locks or frontrunners): Fiennes, O’Connell, Spall, Boseman, Gyllenhaal, Tatum, etc.

    Hmmmm, I’ve only seen it once, but I think I know where you’re coming from. He was very plain, and it isn’t the type of transcendant performance that screams Oscar.

    By the way, what did you think of Hawke, tom?

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    nkb325
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    I don’t see him getting an oscar nomination but he could maybe get in at SAG as they’ve shown they’re a lot more willing to embrace child performers than AMPAS (Evan Rachel Wood, Jamie Bell, Freddie HIghmore, Dakota Fanning, Dev Patel, etc.)

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    TomHardys
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    [quote=”tomhardys”]I’ve seen Boyhood 4 times now and I found Coltrane more and more annoying by each time. He’s not just the weakest link in the cast… in my opinion he’s the weakest link of the whole movie. No soul. No depth. No life. A very flawed performance. I don’t think he deserves to be nominated over the likes of (and I’ll be naming actors that are not certain locks or frontrunners): Fiennes, O’Connell, Spall, Boseman, Gyllenhaal, Tatum, etc.

    Hmmmm, I’ve only seen it once, but I think I know where you’re coming from. He was very plain, and it isn’t the type of transcendant performance that screams Oscar.

    By the way, what did you think of Hawke, tom?[/quote]

    He was consistent. I give him credit because his character wasn’t as flashy as Arquette’s and he still nailed it. I’m not sure he would make my Top 5 of Best Supporting Actors of the year be he would be a worthy Oscar nominee!

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    I’ve seen Boyhood 4 times now and I found Coltrane more and more annoying by each time. He’s not just the weakest link in the cast… in my opinion he’s the weakest link of the whole movie. No soul. No depth. No life. A very flawed performance. I don’t think he deserves to be nominated over the likes of (and I’ll be naming actors that are not certain locks or frontrunners): Fiennes, O’Connell, Spall, Boseman, Gyllenhaal, Tatum, etc.

    Mason is not an especially colourful character in that his emotions are not always readable. He’s intelligent but often inarticulate and has some difficulty expressing himself. This isn’t the type of performance a great seasoned actor would give, where there are a whole range of nuances in the tiniest shifts of facial expression, but the raw naturalism Linklater gets out of Coltrane here is appropriate for the character, and is in its own way, a fine performance I think, and certainly a remarkably consistent one considering the length of its making. We really do feel like we’re experiencing a whole childhood and adolescence in the space of three hours. 

    As to whether he’ll get Oscar nominated, almost certainly not. As Tom O’Neal says, they love little girls but not little boys (ok Coltrane’s 20 now, but little at the start), and he’ll be underestimated for the very reasons I’ve given above which make his work convincing. Plus, the competition.

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    Pretty in White
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    LOL

    no

    no he cannot 

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    I would love for him to get nominated, but sadly Best Actor this year is filled with very showy performances by well-established actors. Also, Best Actor has a lot of bias towards kids – he’s my age at the moment, and the last time someone was nominated for Best Actor under the age of 20 was Mickey Rooney in 1939.

     

    Have they even mounted a campaign for him? If so, it’s Supporting we go. And even in that category, I wouldnt bank on that either.

    Under twenty usually means it’s OK to go Supporting, even if you’re anything but.

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