Gay cowboy drama Brokeback Mountain was the big winner at last night's Golden Globe awards scooping four honors - including Best Motion Picture. The movie - which had seven nominations at the prestigious ceremony - also won Best Director for Ang Lee, Best Screenplay and Best Original Song. But lead actor Heath Ledger lost out on the Best Dramatic Actor award to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the award for his performance in Capote.

Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon were both honored for their performances in Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. The film also won the award for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy - making it a serious contender to Brokeback Mountain at the forthcoming Oscars.

The Globes are seen as an indicator to the Academy Awards, which are being held on March 5. Brokeback Mountain has also been hotly tipped for Oscar glory after beating A History of Violence, Woody Allen's Match Point, The Constant Gardener and George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck to the Best Motion Picture award.

Director Ang Lee said: "I think this has been an amazing year for American cinema. So, I just want to give my first thanks to my fellow filmmakers for strengthening my faith in movies."

Full list of winners:

Best Motion Picture, Drama
Brokeback Mountain

Best Actress, Drama
Felicity Huffman, Transamerica

Best Actor, Drama
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Walk the Line

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy
Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy
Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line

Best Foreign-Language Film
Paradise Now, Palestine

Best Supporting Actress
Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener

Best Supporting Actor
George Clooney, Syriana

Best Director
Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain

Best Screenplay
Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, Brokeback Mountain

Best Original Score
John Williams, Memoirs of a Geisha

Best Original Song
'A Love That Will Never Grow Old' from Brokeback Mountain

Best Drama Series

Best Actress, Drama Series
Geena Davis, Commander in Chief

Best Actor, Drama Series
Hugh Laurie, House

Best Musical or Comedy Series
Desperate Housewives

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds