Richard Stuart Linklater (//; born July 30, 1960) is an American film director and screenwriter. He is known for the coming of age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993), the romantic drama film trilogy Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013); the music-themed comedy School of Rock (2003), the rotoscope animated Waking Life (2001) and A Scanner Darkly (2006). From 2002 to 2014, he filmed Boyhood (2014), a passion project over twelve years. Receiving universal acclaim, Linklater won the Golden Globe, Critics' Choice Movie Awards and BAFTAs for Best Director and Best Picture. He also received his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director, along with nominations for Original Screenplay and Picture.