Two of Boyhood’s producers, who were with Richard Linklater’s over-a-decade-long project since its inception, will not get credit should the film be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
John Sloss, Linklater’s lawyer, and Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Films, were with the film from its inception way back in 2001. Both, however, were left off of the film’s nomination for a Producers Guild Award, raising the question of whether they would receive credit when Oscar nominations came around. The New York Times wrote that “a project as unconventional as Mr. Linklater’s raises a deeper issue: whether any formula can measure the contribution of producers of a film that operates outside the norm.” The Times reported that Sloss and Sehring did “did not spend significant time on his sets. Yet both performed the extraordinary service of returning, year after year, to reassemble a project that was legally structured as 12 successive productions.”
According to the Academy rules, the nominees for Best Picture “will be those three or fewer producers who have performed the major portion of the producing functions,” and “the Producers Branch Executive Committee will designate the qualifying producer nominees for each of the nominated pictures.” Per THR’s report, Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland, the latter of whom initially started work on the film as a production manager before becoming a producer, will accept the award should the film win Best Picture. Boyhood won Best Motion Picture, Drama at the Globes.