“Finally an award that means something,” sighed Ang Lee happily as Brokeback Mountain claimed a gong in New York.

In it’s 17th annual awards, The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) named the “gay cowboy movie” it’s top film of the year.

The writer and actor Bruce Vilanch, who has written the Oscar shows for several years, hosted the glamorous evening at the Manhattan Hotel, and presenters included Michael Douglas and Sandra Bernhard.

Awards, which are given to groups or people that promote “fair, accurate and inclusive representations” of the gay community, also went to Newsweek for magazine coverage and to ESPN’s SportsCentre, for its profile on gay lacrosse player Andrew Goldstein.

In his acceptance speech, Lee joked about Brokeback Mountain’s Oscar nomination for Best Picture. He called the award, which went instead to the film Crash, “the one that got away”.

He said that the GLAAD award was “very meaningful,” even more so since it was likely to be “the very last award I will accept for Brokeback Mountain … And to end the journey here tonight is like coming home. The fact is Brokeback Mountain has helped to change the world.”