Most coming-of-age movies feature different actors for the characters' younger and their older selves. But not "Boyhood." Richard Linklater's latest film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, goes far beyond what most directors are willing to do for authenticity: film a little bit of the movie each year for a decade-plus, so that viewers can see the growth, progression and aging of the characters -- and actors.
The result was a film that many critics have said is relatable to everyone in some way, a universal story because we all grow up experiencing awkward stages and mortifying teenage moments. Though the Academy Award nominees have yet to be announced -- they won't be named until mid-January -- many in Hollywood are predicting "Boyhood" will walk away with at least one Oscar.