Oscar may have
snubbed Brokeback Mountain, but the so-called
gay cowboy movie was tops with a gay watchdog group on
Monday, adding the GLAAD Media Awards' top prize to its
burgeoning roster of honors. The Gay and Lesbian
Alliance Against Defamation named the film, which lost
an Oscar for best picture to Crash, the year's best
wide-release motion picture at its 17th annual awards.
Director Ang Lee
accepted the award, commenting: "Finally, an award
that actually means something." Noting that Brokeback
Mountain had won a slew of awards, Lee said, "Some
of these are very meaningful to me. OK, there was that
one that got away, but that's OK," he quipped.
Lee, who received
a standing ovation from the audience at a Manhattan
hotel, said it would likely be "the very last award I will
accept for Brokeback Mountain.... And to end
the journey here tonight is like coming home. The fact
is, Brokeback Mountain has helped to change the
Other winners of
GLAAD's annual awards, which recognize mainstream media
for "fair, accurate, and inclusive representations" of the
gay community, included Newsweek for magazine
coverage, the FX reality program 30 Days for
the episode "Straight/Gay," and ESPN's SportsCenter
for its news segment "Andrew Goldstein," which
profiled a gay lacrosse goalie.
included Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas and
comedian-actress Sandra Bernhard. Writer-actor Bruce
Vilanch, who has written the Oscar shows for several
years, hosted the evening. GLAAD was formed in New
York in 1985 in response to sensationalized AIDS coverage
by tabloid newspapers and local news stations. (Chris
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