Sony Pictures Classics is boosting the screen count of its Glenn Close-starrer The Wife beginning Friday, a week after Close’s best actress in a drama win at the Golden Globes that featured a stirring speech from the six-time Oscar nominee. The victory put her in a front-runner position to get a seventh Oscar nom later this month.
The studio said today it was raising the theater count to more than 150 screens for the upcoming frame. The pic opened August 17 and has grossed $8.2 million at the domestic box office to date, and $16.8 million worldwide. At its highest peak in mid-September, the film played on 541 screens; last week, the count was 10.
SPC made a similar screen-count push in December to keep the film — and Close’s performance — top of mind for awards season. She has landed noms from SAG, Critics’ Choice, Spirits and the Gothams so far, and added a BAFTA Awards nom this morning.
The film, directed by Björn Runge and adapted from the Meg Wolitzer novel by Jane Anderson, stars Close as a wife, long in the shadow of her Great American Novelist husband (Jonathan Pryce) who stands up for herself and her self-worth, It is a portrait of a marriage with a lifetime’s shared compromises, secrets, betrayals and mutual love.
At the Globes, Close said during her acceptance speech that in the role she thought of her mother, who had her own path, and her own marital challenges to face. “In her 80s she said to me, ‘I feel I haven’t accomplished anything,’ ” Close said onstage. “And that’s so not right.”
She later noted the importance of dreaming, and pursuing higher aims—for women, and for all. “We have to find personal fulfillment,” she said to a standing crowd. “We have to say, ‘I can do that, and I should be allowed to do that.’ ”
Here’s her full speech: