The Best Supporting Actress category was a tough one to predict this year, with five wonderful nominees all delivering some of their most vibrant work to date. But tonight the Academy recognized Patricia Arquette, giving her the Best Supporting Actress award at the 2015 Oscars for her moving performance in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood.

Arquette took home the statue for Best Supporting Actress, winning over fellow nominees Emma Stone for Birdman, Laura Dern for Wild, Meryl Streep for Into the Woods and Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game. Arquette’s performance in Boyhood arguably anchors the film, serving as a sort of emotional refrain for the film’s main character, Mason. Linklater spent 12 years filming Boyhood, which traces the evolution and growth of its characters as they age before our eyes.

She took time out of her acceptance speech to deliver a feminist acceptance speech demanding equal wages for women, much to the delight of Meryl Streep.


The actress also recently won the award for Best Supporting Actress at the 2015 Golden Globes for her role in Boyhood. This is Arquette’s first Oscar nomination in her almost 30-year career, in which she’s given us consistently great performances but has often been overlooked during awards season — making her not only one of our best actresses, but often one of our most underrated.

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