John Sloss and Jonathan Sehring may be listed as producers in the credits for Boyhood, but should the Richard Linklater film win the Academy Award for best picture, they won't be among the award recipients. The Academy has decided to follow the Producers Guild of America's lead in only considering Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland producers for the film, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Sloss, Linklater's attorney, and Sehring, president of IFC Films, were both onboard from the beginning of the 13-year filmmaking journey, and Linklater has said he's "happy to share producer credit with them." But the decision comes down to PGA rules about who can and cannot be considered a producer.
As PGA puts it, producers are those who have made "contributions across the entire production process, including script development, casting, prep, filming, and on-set supervision." As a source with ties to the PGA puts it: Sloss' and Sehring's contributions are "very noble but it is not producing. Did they get involved in casting? Did they sit out all night on night shoots freezing their asses off? That's producing." Among those contributions: Sloss helped with the film's "unique" production arrangements, and Sehring's company provided $200,000 per year for 12 years. The Academy is not required to follow the PGA on such decisions, but it typically does.