THis is no big surprise. If Brokeback Mountain had not won a GLAAD award just imagine how Annie Proulx would have reacted. As usual, the attendees are what makes the GLAAD awards a fun time.
Ang Lee‘s so-called gay cowboy movie took home the top prize at the 17th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Monday, adding yet another best picture trophy to its already sizable haul.
The epic western love story was up against some esteemed company for the honor: The saga of Jack and Ennis beat out Capote, The Family Stone, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and Rent for the title of outstanding motion picture in wide release. And helping to ensure there would be no repeat of Brokeback‘s Oscar upset, its awards nemesis, Crash, was not on the ballot.
“Finally, an award that actually means something to me,” the director said while accepting the nod. “Some of these are very meaningful to me. Okay, there was one that got away, but that’s okay.” Lee received a standing ovation upon accepting the award, which he said would 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 world,” he said of his heavily-accoladed film.
The watchdog group also gave kudos to Melissa Etheridge, naming her the year’s outstanding music artist with her album, Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled, and singer-songwriter Conor Oberst, aka Bright Eyes, whose video for the single “First Day of My Life,” received an award for special recognition.
“Brokeback” Lassos GLAAD Awards [E! Online]