Posted at 4:26 PM on December 13, 2005
by Euan Kerr
In case you haven't heard, Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced it's Golden Globe nominations this morning. Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" led the pack with seven, including for best director.
It was fortuitous timing because Lee is in the Twin Cities for a Regis Dialog at the Walker Art Center tonight. He came into MPR to talk with All Things Considered host Tom Crann about the film.
The publicist travelling with him said the phone had been ringing non-stop ever since the news broke. CNN International called as they were wrapping up. Lee's assistant said that on the day of the 2001 Oscar nominations when Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" got ten nominations, they had for phones going simultaneously.
"Brokeback Mountain" opens on three screens in Minneapolis this weekend, one of just a handful of cities outside of New York and LA to get it.
I'm an Ang Lee fan.
But I haven't had a chance to see Brokeback Mountain yet.
I was most happy that Maria Bello was nominated for A History of Violence. I thought she gave a great performance.
Brokeback Mountain is an incredibly beautiful and subtle film. Ang's style in many of his low budget, independent-esque creations works brilliantly here to depict the raw power, beauty, and yet monotony of the American western landscape. This works to remove any sense of sentimentalism or activism which one would expect from a "gay movie" (like the overt movie rendition of Rent) and instead concentrate on characters as people living their lives the way we would but under extremely tense emotions.