LOUIS XIII Cognac, the world’s most esteemed spirit from the House of Remy Martin ®, and the Broadcast Film Critics Association bestowed the second annual “Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award” to Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater presented by actor Matthew McConaughey at the 19thannual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony. The writer-actor-director trio received the honor for demonstrating unprecedented excellence in the cinematic arts. LOUIS XIII is celebrated globally as a genius blend of superb cognacs and is committed to recognizing genius in other creative areas.
As the collaborators responsible for one of cinema’s most compelling and unique romantic sagas, Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke created a trilogy that captures the passage of time and the legacy of romance.
The genius of their approach to this extended love story lies in its unvarnished honesty. Nearly 20 years ago in the film “Before Sunrise,” a romance ignited between two soul mates on a train to Vienna and defined a generation. In the decades that followed, that generation grew up and the complicated characters played by Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke matured right along with them. In 2004’s “Before Sunset” and 2013’s “Before Midnight,” the conversation between the French Céline and American Jesse continued to unfold in real time – a special cinematic effect which has long fascinated Richard Linklater.