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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Brokeback Transcends Mediums; Garners Grammy, Tony Nods

Los Angeles - In a move that has rocked the entertainment world, spokesmen for the Grammy and Tony awards today both announced nominations honoring the critically acclaimed film. "We have had individual artists cross over genres in the past," said Thomas Harryhausen, head of the Recording Academy. "It was only a matter of time before some work came along that crossed over entire entertainment medium. Ang Lee's heart-breaking masterpiece is just the thing to do it."

American Theater Wing President Howard Sherman noted, "This film speaks to so many people on so many different levels. It is by far the most socially important work to grace our nation since Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Personally, I felt it would be wrong for the Tony's not to honor it in some way."

A few of the categories the film is up for:
Grammys -
** Best Country Album That Is Really Not A Country Album But Rather A Film About Gay Cowboys
** Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group In Which No Musical Ability Is Displayed But Damn Wasn't That Tent Scene Hot
** Best Rap Album
Tonys -
** Best Revival Of A Musical That Is Neither A Musical Nor In Need Of Reviving (With Gay Cowboys)
** Best Performance By A Featured Actor Wearing Chaps Who Makes Out With Men That Takes Place On Film Instead Of Live On Stage
** Best Choreography

While these nominations will undoubtedly give the film more exposure, some gay-rights groups remain unhappy. In a statement released shortly after this news broke, a spokesman for GLAAD stated, "Brokeback Mountain is the definitive social statement of the gay community. The fact that it has been overlooked by organizations such as the Emmys and the Essence Awards should be seen as nothing more than pure, unadulterated homophobia."

The Grammys air on February 8th with the Tonys following on June 11th.