Patricia Arquette (born April 8, 1968) is an American actress. She made her film debut in Chuck Russell’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) and following roles included Tony Scott’s True Romance (1993), Tim Burton’s Ed Wood (1994), David O. Russell’s Flirting with Disaster (1996), David Lynch’s Lost Highway (1997), Stephen Frears’s The Hi-Lo Country (1998), Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Rupert Wainwright’s Stigmata (1999), and the Disney film Holes (2003).
In 2014, Boyhood was released, a project that Arquette shot for 12 years beginning in 2002. The film was directed by Richard Linklater. Arquette plays Olivia Evans, a single mother whose plight to raise her two children alone, with the sometimes assistance of their father (played by Ethan Hawke), is explored. The film details the progression of her character’s son, Mason, from ages 8 to 18. The film has received universal praise, with many critics calling it a “landmark film”. Arquette herself received widespread acclaim for her performance. Critic Katie McDonahugh, writing for Salon, states “the role gave [Arquette] space to be all of these messy things at once, and her performance was a raw, gutsy meditation on those profoundly human contradictions”.Margaret Pomeranz, writing for ABC Australia, called Arquette’s performance “stunning” and praised the film, further remarking that “the elision from one time to another is subtle and seamless. It’s just a fabulous movie experience”.Arquette went on to win the Academy, BAFTA, Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit, and SAG Awards for Best Supporting Actress.
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