In a major boost for its Oscar prospects, gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain has taken out Golden Globes for best film, best director and best screenplay at a star-filled ceremony in Los Angeles that saw queer roles sweep key awards.But Australian star Heath Ledger’s performance in the film was overlooked, as Philip Seymour Hoffman nabbed the best actor gong for his portrayal of gay US writer Truman Capote.Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee beat Hollywood heavyweights including Steven Spielberg and Woody Allen to the award.Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman took out the best actress award for her performance as a pre-operation transsexual in Transamerica.Huffman’s acceptance speech was an apparent tribute to the transgender community and others who face discrimination.I know as actors our job is usually to shed our skins, but I think as people our job is to become who we really are and so I would like to salute the men and women who brave ostracism, alienation and a life lived on the margins to become who they really are, she said.Earlier in the ceremony, Brokeback Mountain screenwriters Larry McMurty and Diana Ossana took out the best screenplay award for their adaptation of Annie Proulx’s tale of forbidden love between two American ranchersBut female star Michelle Williams lost out to The Constant Gardener‘s Rachel Weisz for best supporting actress.Voted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assocation, the Golden Globes are seen as an important guide to the Academy Awards.Nominations for this year’s Oscars will be announced on 31 January.

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