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Gay Cowboy Film Wins First Prize On Road To Oscars

by The Associated Press

Posted: December 11, 2005 4:00 pm ET

(Los Angeles, California) The Los Angeles Film Critics Association says "Brokeback Mountain" is the best film of 2005.

The gay-themed Western stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as ranch hands who share a summer of love, then conceal their ongoing affair.

The film's director, Ang Lee, earned the critics' award for best director.

Ledger was the runner-up for the best actor's award, which went to Phillip Seymour Hoffman for his work in "Capote." The film chronicled author Truman Capote's life as he pursued his true-crime book "In Cold Blood."

Vera Farmiga won the best actress award for portraying a wife and mother who falls deeper into drug addiction in "Down to the Bone."

Among other winners was Catherine Keener, who won the best supporting actress category, and William Hurt for best supporting actor.

The group announced its selections yesterday but the awards ceremony is scheduled for January 17th in Los Angeles.

Other 2005 picks:

Foreign language film: "Cache."

Documentary/nonfiction film: "Grizzly Man."

Animation: "Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit."

Music/score: "Howl's Moving Castle."

Cinematography: "Good Night, And Good Luck."

New generation: Terrence Howard, actor in "Hustle and Flow."

Career Achievement: actor Richard Widmark.

Independent/experimental: "La Commune (Paris, 1871)."

Special citations: Film critic Kevin Thomas for his contributions to film culture in Los Angeles. To David Shepard, Bruce Posner and the Anthology Film Archive to honor "Unseen Cinema", a DVD collection of avant-garde films from 1894-1941.

©365Gay.com 2005

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Gay Cowboys Gallop To Oscars With 7 Golden Globe Nods

by Ed Welch, 365Gay.com Los Angeles Bureau

Posted: December 13, 2005 9:00 am ET

(Los Angeles, California) The cowboy romance "Brokeback Mountain" led Golden Globe contenders Tuesday with seven nominations, among them best dramatic picture and honors for actors Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams and director Ang Lee.

The Golden Globes are considered a clue into how the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will vote in the Oscars.

Two years ago, the Golden Globes correctly predicted winners in all key Oscar categories. However, a year ago, the Globes missed the mark, picking The Aviator as best picture, an honor that went to Million Dollar Baby at the Oscars.

The Globes are handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Winners will be announced Jan. 16, five days before polls close for Oscar voters.

Monday the New York Film Critics Circle named Brokeback Mountain as the year's top film. Best-actor honors went to Ledger and both the Circle and the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures selected Ang Lee as best director. (story)

On Saturday, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association also chose Brokeback Mountain as its top film of 2005. (story)

Tuesday's Golden Globes also had nominations for other LGBT productions and performers.

Philip Seymour Hoffman received a best actor nod for his performance as gay author Truman Capote in "Capote."

Felicity Huffman received two nominations - best dramatic actress in a film for her role as a transgendered woman in "Transamerica" and best actress in a TV musical or comedy for "Desperate Housewives." Her "Desperate Housewives" co-stars Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher and Eva Longoria also were nominated.

Among the nominations in the musicals on film category is "The Producers". Nathan Lane received the nomination for Best Actor in a musical film. Lane will be up against Cillian Murphy who plays a gender bending Irishman in "Breakfast on Pluto".

Will Ferrell, who plays Franz Liebkind in "The Producers" received a Globe nod for Best Supporting Actor.

©365Gay.com 2005

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