Often referred to as 'that gay cowboy love story,' "Brokeback Mountain" is based on the short story by Annie Proulx and stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as two young cowboys who fall in love while working together as sheepherders on Brokeback Mountain.
Writer/director/actor George Clooney also came away a big winner. His "Good Night, and Good Luck" took home both the best screenplay award and best acting honors for the film's star, David Strathairn.
Set in the '50s, "Good Night, and Good Luck" chronicles the real-life battle between Senator Joseph McCarthy and television newsman Edward R Murrow (Strathairn).
62nd VENICE FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS:
Golden Lion for Best Film: "Brokeback Mountain"
Silver Lion for Best Director: Philippe Garrel for "Les Amants Reguliers" ("Regular Lovers")
Jury Special Prize: "Mary"
Best Actor: David Strathairn in "Good Night, and Good Luck"
Best Actress: Giovanna Mezzogiorno for "Beast in the Heart"
Outstanding Technical Contribution: William Lubtchansky for "Regular Lovers"
Best Screenplay: George Clooney and Grant Heslov for "Good Night, and Good Luck"
Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress: Menothy Cesar in "Heading South"
Special Lion for Body of Work: Isabelle Huppert
Horizons Prize: "East of Paradise"
Horizons Documentary Prize: "The First on the Moon"
Luigi De Laurentiis Award - Lion of the Future: "13" by Gela Babluani
Best Short Film: "Small Station"
Special Mention: "Layla Afel"
Best European Short Film: "Butterflies"