'Brokeback Mountain' Cast In Toronto
Following the film’s press conference, Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway pose arm-in-arm. Earlier that day, “Brokeback Mountain” had been announced as the winner of the Golden Lion award, the highest prize given to a film at the Venice Film Festival.
Pregnant with her and Heath Ledger’s daughter Matilda, Michelle Williams looks serene as she poses for a portrait in Toronto hours before the film's North American premiere. The actress had turned 25 the day before her portrait session.
A 26-year-old Heath Ledger turns the camera on the photographer as he smiles during his “Brokeback” portrait session.
Following his untimely death by accidental drug overdose in 2008, Ledger would go on to be the second actor to win an Oscar posthumously when he was awarded the Best Actor statue for “The Dark Knight”.
Jake Gyllenhaal, 24, gets a leg up in Toronto the day of the film's TIFF premiere.
“Brokeback Mountain” was one of the runners-up for the coveted People’s Choice Award at the festival, which was awarded to the South African crime drama “Tsotsi”, the eventual Best Foreign Language Oscar winner.
Wearing the best of 2005 fashion in a high-necked chiffon blouse, flared jeans and long-layered necklaces, Anne Hathaway, 22, is all smiles for her “Brokeback” portrait session.
Red Carpet Arrivals
Toronto rolled out the red carpet as Heath Ledger and a beaming Michelle Williams arrive at the Elgin Theatre for the premiere of “Brokeback Mountain”. The film would go on to land on dozens of critics’ best of the year lists.
Anne In Black
Anne Hathaway strikes a pose as she arrives on the red carpet at the “Brokeback” premiere.
The movie would eventually land a total of eight Academy Award nominations, infamously losing the Best Picture award to Paul Haggis’ “Crash”. In 2015, The Hollywood Reporter polled Academy members on controversial awards decisions, offering a revote. “Brokeback Mountain” was named the ultimate Best Picture of the year in the informal poll.
Jake Steps Out
Fans go wild as Jake Gyllenhaal arrives for the “Brokeback Mountain” premiere. Gyllenhaal would go on to land a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role as Jack Twist. Ledger received a nomination for Best Actor and Williams landed a nod for Best Supporting Actress, her first of four Oscar nominations.
Showing her brother some love, Maggie Gyllenhaal arrives at the Elgin Theatre. Two days later, Jake would return the honour by attending the TIFF premiere of “Trust The Man” which featured his sister.
Peter Sarsgaard accompanied then-girlfriend and future wife Maggie Gyllenhaal to the “Brokeback Mountain” premiere. Sarsgaard and Jake Gyllenhaal bonded on the set of the Sam Mendes film “Jarhead”, which would arrive in theatres in November 2005.