Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, which made its sold-out Minneapolis debut at the Walker last night, is raking in just about every major film award, from a Golden Lion for Best Film at Venice to film-of-the-year honors from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and when Golden Globe nominees are announced tomorrow morning, it’s expected to be a frontrunner. Minneapolis audiences seem to have their finger on the pulse: tickets to tomorrow night’s Regis Dialogue with Lee and longtime collaborator James Schamus have been sold out for two months already.
(Film curator Sheryl Mousley reports that several men showed up in cowboy gear last night. They all found seats in the back, a courtesy, apparently, to those who might’ve ended up seated right behind their ten-gallon hats. Rumor is that, because of the timing of our dialogue/retrospective and the Golden Globes announcement, Schamus and Lee may be fielding questions from international reporters right here tomorrow.)