On Sunday Brokeback Mountain film also topped the Boston Society of Film Critics awards according to published reports, picking up best picture and director, with Capote‘s Phillip Seymour Hoffman scooping Brokeback’s Heath Ledger for top male acting honors. The awards season front runner for best actress, Walk the Line‘s Reese Witherspoon picked up that award from the Boston crix, beating out my pretend girlfriend, Keira Knightly (Pride and Prejudice).
Following the L.A. Film Critics announcement on Saturday that Ang Lee‘s Brokeback Mountain was their top choice of the year, the film was also named one of the American Film Institute‘s top 10 films of the year and topped the Broadcast Film Critics Association list of nominated films with 8 nominations.
It also pulled in an estimated $109,000 per screen for a opening weekend gross on 5 screens of just shy of $550,000, according to Box Office Mojo.
Don’t be surprised if this kudo parade continues. The film is already a critical darling and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it made an impact at the box office, as well. We may be a conservative country in many places, but there are enough film goers in cities across the country to give the film decent numbers. Now don’t think I am predicting a $100 million blockbuster, here, but it’ll do just fine.
Brokeback Mountain. The Constant Gardener. Capote. Good Night, and Good Luck. Just a few films that are deserving of official kudos in this artificial yearly segment we call “Awards Season.” Fall is the time for the studios, mini-majors and indies to trot out their most notable of notables for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Hollywood Foreign Press, Independent Spirit Awards, various guilds and unions, the public and of course for the critics. The New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association as well as groups from cities all over the world have awards announcements and dinners, while publications correlate the information in charts, graphs and columns in the vain attempt to look smarter than the other guy.
Deepa Mehta‘s Water will open the 30th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 8th. The film, a world premiere, is one of 25 films announced yesterday by the festival. Others include the North American premiere of Ang Lee‘s upcoming Brokeback Mountain, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Randy Quaid, Linda Cardellini and Anna Faris and will screen in the Masters section.