There's a lot of heated debate on various gay boards over the success or failure of 'Brokeback Mountain' as far as the story line goes. Some feel it's a beautifully rendered love story, while others feel that it has failed to 'empower' gay love. This gay cowboy love story was directed by Ang Lee and is played out against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas. It tells the story of two young men, a ranch-hand, Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and a rodeo cowboy, Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger), who meet in the summer of 1963 and unexpectedly fall in love.

There's a lot of heated debate on various gay boards over the success or failure of 'Brokeback Mountain' as far as the story line goes. Some feel it's a beautifully rendered love story, while others feel that it has failed to 'empower' gay love. This gay cowboy love story was directed by Ang Lee and is played out against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas. It tells the story of two young men, a ranch-hand, Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and a rodeo cowboy, Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger), who meet in the summer of 1963 and unexpectedly fall in love.

Regardless of whether the film has or hasn't 'taken the bull by the horns', so to speak, "Brokeback Mountain" continues to sit on the mountaintop as far as this year's movie awards season goes. It was named Monday (12-11-2005) as best picture of 2005 by the New York Film Critics Circle and was chosen as the year's best film by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., earned top honors from the American Film Institute and also garnered the bulk of nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

The gay cowboy romance "Brokeback Mountain" has now positioned itself as a key Oscar competitor, roping in seven Golden Globe nominations, including best dramatic picture and honors for actor Heath Ledger and director Ang Lee. Winners of the Golden Globes will be announced Jan. 16, five days before polls close for Oscar voters. Oscar nominations come out Jan. 31, and the awards will be presented March 5.

Other Golden Globes best drama picture contenders: the thriller "The Constant Gardener," the Edward R. Morrow's tale "Good Night, and Good Luck," the mobster story "A History of Violence" and "Match Point," a drama about infidelity.

Whether 'Brokeback Mountain' can climb its way into the coveted best-picture award arena is still to be seen. There's concern that Oscar voters will hesitate to award a gay themed movie as the best of the best for 2005.

Movies with gay themes have earned acting honors, with Tom Hanks winning for 'Philadephia' and Hilary Swank for her leading role in 'Boys Don't Cry.' Golden Globes has nominated dramatic actor Ledger, who plays a husband in 'Brokeback Mountain' who conceals a homosexual affair with an old shepherding buddy from his family. Whether the Oscars will follow suit with the same nod is currently unknown.

Based on a short story by Annie Proulx, "Brokeback Mountain" also grabbed a Golden Globes supporting actress nomination for Michelle Williams as Ledger's wife, who chooses to ignore his affair with a man (Jake Gyllenhaal) to hold her family together. The movie also scored a directing nomination for Lee and received nominations for best screenplay, score and song.


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