The cowboy romance "Brokeback Mountain," the film biography "Capote" and the road-trip tale "Transamerica" were among key contenders for Monday's &to=http://english.pravda.ru/main/2002/04/02/27304.html' target=_blank>Golden Globes, a potential breakthrough night for gay-themed movies.
"Brokeback Mountain," director Ang Lee's story of two rugged Western family men (Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal) concealing their homosexual affair, led the field with seven nominations, including best drama.
Along with Ledger, "Capote" star Philip Seymour Hoffman was a favorite for the dramatic lead-actor prize for his role as gay author Truman Capote. Felicity Huffman was a front-runner for best dramatic actress for "Transamerica," in which she plays a man preparing for surgery to become a woman.
Key wins by those films could help position them for major honors at the Academy Awards, which occasionally have handed out top acting prizes for performers in homosexual or gender-bending roles but have never given the best-picture Oscar to a gay-themed film.
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