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Lee admits Oscar disappointment
Ang Lee

Director Ang Lee says he is disappointed Brokeback Mountain did not win the best film Oscar, having picked up most of the major movie awards.

"We've won every award since September, but missed out on the last one, the biggest one," he said.

He added it was "human nature" to be disappointed, and it was more for his team than himself.

Lee, who won the best director Academy Award, said promoting the film about gay cowboys had been a "battle".

"My work was really hard. I had to fight many battles. Personally, I don't like doing press, but once a film is on the Oscar track, for half a year you're fighting the same battle," he said.

"For me, Brokeback isn't rebellious at all. It's a very ordinary movie. People call it groundbreaking or what not.

"It puts a lot of pressure on me. But I didn't feel this way when I was making the movie."

Award frontrunner

Lee was the first Asian film-maker to win the best director category, making him a hero in his native Taiwan.

Brokeback Mountain won three Academy Awards, including best adapted screenplay and best musical score.

It had previously won best film at the Golden Globes, Baftas and the Venice Film Festival.

The best film Oscar went to Crash, which was seen as a surprise win as Brokeback Mountain had been the frontrunner throughout the campaign.

US and UK distributors are now putting Crash back into cinemas to capitalise on its successful Academy Awards night.

It was originally released in May 2005 and took $55m (31.6m) in the US, and has already been released on DVD.

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