Monday, March 06, 2006

Ang Lee wins Oscar for directing "Brokeback"

Ang Lee wins Oscar for directing "Brokeback" | "LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Taiwan-born Ang Lee won the best director Oscar on Sunday for 'Brokeback Mountain,' a gay romance about two cowboys whose love for each other spans decades, but the movie failed to win Hollywood's top prize.

The film, based on a short story by Annie Proulx, has become a box office success and a hit with critics, but its chances at the Oscars had been questioned by industry watchers given the film's gay subject matter.

'Brokeback Mountain' in fact missed out on the best picture Oscar, which went instead to racial drama 'Crash' in an upset victory.

Lee said he wanted to thank the two characters at the heart of the story for his award. 'Their names are Ennis and Jack. They taught all of us so much, not just about all the gay men and women in our society but just as important (about) the greatness of love itself.'

Lee, who was born in Taiwan and came to the United States in 1978, has become a master at probing the sensibilities of cultures other than his own.

His films range from intimate dramas about dysfunctional families like 'The Ice Storm' to period English pieces like 'Sense and Sensibility', martial arts ('Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon') and comic book adaptations such as 'Hulk".

Accepting his award, Lee said; "I just did this movie after my father passed away. More than any other, I made this for him ... Also everyone in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China - thank you," he said. Lee also thanked his wife and two children.""李安憑電影《斷背山》,成為首位奪得奧斯卡最佳導演殊榮的華人。"

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