LOS ANGELES, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The handprints of Boyhood and Predestination star Ethan Hawke have been enshrined in cement outside Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX.
"We couldn't be more delighted for Ethan as he receives this career recognition today for his excellence in the film industry," said Steve Bersch, president of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. "Along with our distribution partners Vertical Entertainment, we salute Ethan and wish him continued success."
"I have known Ethan for over 20 years and he has remarkably remained true to himself through all of his success across independent cinema, commercial cinema, Broadway and publishing," added Jason Blum, Hawke's longtime friend who produced two of his most recent hits, Sinister and The Purge. "Nobody has walked the tightrope of art and commerce better than Ethan and when I have trouble myself, he has helped me find my way.The word 'trailblazer' is so overused that it has lost its power, which is too bad, because in Ethan's case it is entirely true. I am proud to call him my friend and collaborator."
Hawke has teamed up with filmmaker Richard Linklater on eight films, including Fast Food Nation, Waking Life, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight and Tape. Their most recent collaboration, Boyhood, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and has now been named one of the Top 10 films of 2014 by multiple critics groups around the United States.Hawke is a current nominee for Golden Globe, SAG and Independent Spirit awards for his performance. He also co-wrote two songs for Boyhood: "Split the Difference" and "Ryan's Song."
"My friendship with Ethan dates back to 2001, when I produced both his directorial debut Chelsea Walls and Richard Linklater's Tape. Looking at Ethan's body of work, it is clear that Ethan is one of the great actors of his generation," said Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC/Sundance Selects. "From Dead Poets Society to Boyhood, Ethan has proven time and again that he is an actor always working at the very top of his game. His work as a director, most recently with Seymour: An Introduction, prove he also happens to be a brilliant filmmaker, too. It would be enough to stop there, but Ethan is also a gifted -- and Oscar-nominated -- writer and musician. Beyond all of this, Ethan also happens to be a really wonderful human being who I am proud to call a friend."