Patricia Arquette: ‘Thanks to the bloggers… who’ve invented their own career’

20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards
Here’s Best Supporting Actress winner Patricia Arquette at the Critics Choice Awards with her Boyhood co-stars and the director, Richard Linklater. She’s also shown with her man, artist Eric White. She’s in black Annabelle Harron v-neck gown with flutter sleeves. Boyhood took home so many awards last night. Star Ellar Coltrane was named Best Young Actor, Richard Linklater won for Best Director and of course Boyhood won Best Picture. I had the chance to see the film and I found it so quietly effective. It was touching but never heavy-handed, and it made me realize how the small moments in life can go by so quickly yet add up to so much. It was also a look into a divorced couple’s separate journeys, with the single mom doing most of the heavy lifting and the dad trying to be a part of his children’s lives once he was able.

In his acceptance speech for best picture, Linklater said that he wanted to realistically portray divorce as something that wasn’t necessarily sad but just reality. He said “Once I became a parent I realized that no one was broken, no one failed. This happens to so many people, it’s just life. All these little imperfections that we carry around with us. That’s really just the essence of life itself.” So well said.

Arquette also gave an excellent speech as usual. As you can tell from the title I especially loved how she thanked the bloggers! She said “Thank you all for this honor, the critics, the bloggers, the writers. People who’ve invented their own career since the internet invention, many of them.” Sometimes I tell people my job didn’t exist when I went to college so I felt flattered when she said that. I already love this woman and I’m fully behind her for Best Supporting Actress at The Academy Awards.

Arquette then talked about how this film might be able to help other non-blockbusters get made. She said “People often say about movies ‘audiences don’t want to see that.’ At this point, with small movies, producers, financiers can no longer say ‘audiences don’t want to see that.’ We don’t know what they want to see.” Bravo.

Here’s Arquette’s speech. Presenter Jared Leto saw the contents of the envelope before he announced the winner, he claimed the envelope was already open. Whether it was an accident that he saw the name or not, it was a douche move for him to have admitted that.

And here’s Best Actress in a Comedy winner Jenny Slate in Miu Miu. I really like the detail on the neckline of that gown, it’s incredible. Slate won for Obvious Child and gave a nice thoughtful speech about how the her film “depicts a modern and authentic experience of unplanned pregnancy.” She ended by saying that “activism and creative expression can go together.” I was so impressed by her speech. Here it is:

20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Arrivals

20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Arrivals

20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards

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  1. tifzlan says:

    Hey, that’s so cool that Obvious Child is getting acknowledged because it was a great movie!

  2. Gracie says:

    Love Patricia Arquette!

    • Sullivan says:

      I love her, too. She’s a lovely person. I appreciate what the director said about divorce.

    • mia girl says:

      You know what I’ve loved about Arquette this award season?
      Hoping I can explain it properly…. that you never get sense that she feels like “her time has come” or that she is finally getting “recognition she deserves”.
      It like, “this is awesome and I’m glad” – but it’s not something she desperately NEEDS or has been waiting for. Maybe it’s just her general disposition, but I love it.

      • DarkSparkle says:

        Very well put. She’s so charming and seems authentically happy and thankful.

        I feel the same about Michael Keaton so far.

      • manta says:

        It may also come from the fact that despite being under the radar, shes’ been working constantly through the years.

        All she has to do is take a look at her résumé and see the names of Boorman, Scorcese, Lynch, Burton. She has worked with the greatest, starred in the now-classic True Romance, won an Emmy for her TV show. Not too bad.

        So, yes, she doesn’t need it to feel validated but enjoys the ride for now.

      • MtnRunner says:

        You said it well, mia. I respect actors who convince me that they don’t do it for the awards, but for the joy of the work itself.

        I’m so happy to see her get recognized for her talent. I was really touched by this movie and her performance, specifically.

    • blue marie says:

      So do I, nice to see she’s finally getting some recognition.

    • kyzmet says:

      This is a little to left of centre, but I think the vibe from Arquette is that she is very comfortable and secure within herself, and I think the same about Streep and Frances McDormand. That authenticity is really important for top flight actresses. I think you can be C or B list and do ok feeling insecure, but for meaty roles, audiences can sense when the actor has not got emotional weight behind her. As an example, I find watching Nicole Kidman difficult these days because I can feel her insecurity through the screen, I watched Paddington with my daughter the other day and it was a beautifully art directed, very British quirky movie that I was enjoying, then on came Kidman, ruined it for me, so brittle, and now Double D cup breasts! good god so distracting, then again being from Australia maybe its because I remember what she looked like when she was a great actor.

  3. aims says:

    I’m so thrilled for Boyhood. I was afraid it would get over looked with all the other movies. It’s really good and very real. It gave a realistic view on marriage,divorce, step parenting. They took a lot of time on it and it deserves all it’s success.

  4. LB says:

    Jenny Slate! I love her on P and R. Her character is so horrible. Her and Jean Ralphio lol. I can’t wait to see her movie.

    Boyhood was really nice. I’ve been a big fan of Linklater’s since Dazed and Confused. His work is always quietly “effective” as you put it. His characters feel lived in, if that makes sense, and it’s often just a few moments we are privileged to witness. I’m glad to see him win some accolades after decades of strong work.

  5. Marnie says:

    Both of them had great speeches. Loved Jenny’s outfit.

  6. GingerCrunch says:

    A plaid belt on an evening dress? GENIUS! I. Love. It. So. MUCH.

  7. Sassback says:

    If anyone deserved an award this year, it was Jenny Slate. I loved that movie so much. I know it was never going to happen but a little part of me was anxious to see an Oscar nom. Like an insane surprise indie Oscar nom.

  8. smcollins says:

    I also loved Boyhood. Actually, I love all of RL’s movies. I love how seamlessly it flowed through the 12 year time span, and the simplicity (yet truthfulness) of the story. It wasn’t flashy or overly dramatic. It was just real. A very unique and wonderful film.

  9. scout says:

    Boyhood is the ONE this year, sweeps almost every award there is and it deserves it too. Nice of her to recognize bloggers and other media! 🙂

  10. bns says:

    Love her.

  11. Dawn says:

    I don’t know why but something about her is so genuine. I just have always been a fan. And because I feel that way she is more than likely the complete opposite! Hope not!

  12. Jaded says:

    I love them both, amazing women. I miss Medium! Has anyone seen Jenny Slate’s Marcel the Shell videos she makes with her husband? They are brilliant:

    • Isaphoebe says:

      I am not exaggerating when I write that EVERYONE in our house loves Marcel the Shell. It’s such a sweet, yet kind of dark, little series. Our daughters are eleven and five, and from what they have seen and heard from Jenny Slate, they adore her.

  13. marrria says:

    I absolutely adore Patricia since I saw her in True Romance! She has this ability to evoke SO much emotion and depth in a supporting role without distracting from the cast or the movies itself. This has become very rare in today’s actors IMO and sadly they tend to get overlooked or don’t get suitable material. I really hope the success of Boyhood will get her back on the radar even though she never left if you ask me 😀
    Cheers to Patricia, she seems like a genuine person and I wish her well!

  14. wolfpup says:

    Congrat’s Kaiser and Beadhead. Your ideas, and the people who post here have changed my perceptions. I enjoy your blog work, so thoroughly. Gratitudes…