After "Brokeback Mountain" lost the best picture Oscar to "Crash," more than 800 fans - participants in an online discussion group known as the Ultimate Brokeback Forum - chipped in more than $24,000 to buy a full-page ad in Daily Variety. The ad, which ran Friday, thanked the makers of the movie "for transforming countless lives through the most honored film of the year."
"I felt we had to do something," said Dave Cullen, a journalist in Denver who bought the ad after setting up several Brokeback sites, at addresses including brokeback.davecullen.com. "People were distraught, upset, angry; they couldn't believe it." Stuart Elliott reports.
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