He didn’t walk home with the best director trophy for 2014’s “Boyhood,” but Austin director Richard Linklater joined an elite club Thursday: the Time 100.
The magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world inducted Linklater into the same league as rapper Kanye West, Apple CEO Tim Cook, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, singer Taylor Swift and President Barack Obama, among 94 other luminaries.
As is customary for the Time 100, a contemporary, peer or notable fan wrote the profile of each honoree, and frequent Linklater collaborator Ethan Hawke did the honors for the “Before Sunrise” director. A sample:
“We may never understand Rick’s unorthodox path and how it led to movies like School of Rock, Before Sunrise and Boyhood: the vegetarian baseball star from Huntsville, Texas; the years of hard labor on offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico; teaching himself the history of film through the ingenuity of starting the Austin Film Society (with the help of a local Kinko’s and a 16-mm projector).”