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Lee gets GLAAD hand

'Brokeback' helmer honored at Media Awards

The one-minute standing ovation at the beginning of Monday night’s Gotham GLAAD Media Awards was the soundof inevitability.

Applause was a spontaneous show of appreciation for helmer Ang Lee. With “Brokeback Mountain” up for the wide-release film nod, Lee made a good show of posing as a nominee all night — posing, because any suggestion that the cowboy romance could fail to scoop the prize would have caused a riot at the Marriott Marquis.

When the director took the stage to accept the nod from Michael Douglas, he said: “Finally, an award that actually means something.

“This will be the last award I receive for ‘Brokeback,’ and that’s kind of a relief,” the helmer joked. “But it’s also very appropriate that this is the final award. I dedicate it to everyone in the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community. It’s a little embarrassing, and it’s not my job as a filmmaker, but the fact is ‘Brokeback’ has helped to change the world.”

Other winners included “Straight/Gay 30 Days” for reality program; “ESPN Sports Center” for TV journalism — news segment; and Newsweek for overall magazine coverage. An absent David LaChapelle was feted with the Vito Russo Award.