BEST: 'Boyhood' Takes Best Motion Picture, Drama
It's certainly not at the expense of the other nominated films that we say this — but Boyhood was such a unique endeavor, achieving its poignancy in part because it captured the passage of 12 years time. Linklater has shown us such humanity over the years in indie-leaning films like Dazed and Confused and the Before trilogy that it was rewarding to see this genuine labor of love take home the top award. Fans of the filmmaker have long championed his idiosyncratic vision and willingness to experiment. It's great to see the mainstream get on board as well.