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‘Brokeback’ tops GLAAD awards

Newsweek, USA Today, 'Oprah Winfrey' also win kudos

NEW YORK — “Brokeback Mountain” lost out in the best-picture Oscar race, but the film about the troubled love affair between two cowboys has taken the top film prize from a leading gay organization that monitors the media.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) presented the award Monday at a ceremony recognizing mainstream media for “fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community,” the group said in a statement.

“To end our ‘Brokeback’ journey here tonight is like coming home,” Ang Lee, the film’s Oscar-winning director said in his acceptance speech.

“The fact is this: that ‘Brokeback Mountain’ has helped to change the world. And it is such a privilege and honour to have joined you, and all the people all over the world, who struggle for compassion and equality.”

“Brokeback Mountain” won numerous awards in the run-up to the Academy Awards, and was considered the front-runner for the best-picture Oscar, but it was “Crash” that took home the big prize.

Other winners at the GLAAD awards included Newsweek for magazine reporting; “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for an episode focused on gay people’s coming-out stories; USA Today for newspaper coverage; and Melissa Etheridge for best music artist.

Presenters, performers and guests at the event included Sandra Bernhard, the pop band Erasure, and Czech model Petra Nemcova, who presented an award for photographer David LaChapelle.