The Sapphires is being touted by some observers as a Golden Globes contender after the Australian film was well received at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival.
The film, starring Jessica Mauboy, Deborah Mailman and Irish actor Chris O'Dowd, was greeted with rapturous applause at the festival in the US on Saturday, in scenes similar to those at Cannes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The successful screening lays to rest any doubts about the film's crossover appeal, says the THR. It also has some predicting Hollywood accolades for the The Weinstein Co. acquired film.
"In a perfect world, the Academy would embrace the film and O'Dowd's performance (which could probably qualify in the best supporting actor race). It's likelier, though, that it will show up at the Golden Globe Awards, at which musicals and comedies are separated from dramas and given their own categories," writes THR film reviewer Scott Feinberg.
Based on a true story, The Sapphires is a musical dramedy about an Aboriginal singing group that toured Vietnam in the late 1960s. It has already taken in more than $5 million at the Australian box office since it was released nationally in early August.