A Long Island-based producer of Richard Linklater's critically acclaimed "Boyhood" has been denied awards credit on the film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Jonathan Sehring, the president of IFC Films, who lives in Mill Neck with his family, provided regular funding for the film during its unprecedented 12-year production. Linklater's coming-of-age movie used the same actors for more than a decade. Its star, Ellar Coltrane, grows from a 1st-grader to a young man in college over the course of two-and-a-half hours.
Another of the film's supporters, John Sloss, Linklater's attorney, was also denied credit by the Academy. Only Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland, who began the film as a production manager but eventually became a producer, will be eligible to receive the Academy Award for best picture if "Boyhood" wins.
It's the second curious Academy decision this year. The Academy has also classified the screenplay of "Whiplash," a semi-autobiographical film written by its young director, as an adapted screenplay rather than an original. (Part of the film was initially released as a short in order to secure financing.) The Writers Guild of America, however, along with Britain's BAFTA awards, disagreed with the Academy, calling the screenplay "original."
The "Boyhood" decision could make for an interesting Oscar acceptance speech if the film wins, which is looking like a distinct possibility. Linklater brought both Serhring and Sloss on stage with him Sunday night when "Boyhood" won the Golden Globe for the best dramatic picture.