Brad Pitt and 'Lust' Rule Venice

Ang Lee's already controversial "Lust, Caution" snagged the top prize at the Venice Film Festival over the weekend, while the acting prizes went to a pair of Hollywood heavyweights.

The "Lust, Caution" win was Lee's second Golden Lion in three years, following a victory for "Brokeback Mountain." Lee's victory was something of a surprise, since few of the Venice-based critics were rapturous. The Focus release has already stirred up buzz for its 150-minute-plus running time and for sex scenes which earned an uncontested NC-17 rating.

The Venice Jury, headed by director Zhang Yimou, also handed out a variety of runner-up prizes, including a special Golden Lion to director Nikita Mikhalkov and special jury awards to Abdellatif Kechiche's "The Secret of the Grain" and Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There."

Haynes' film, a fragmented semi-biopic of music legend Bob Dylan, also won the fest's best actress award for Cate Blanchett, one of several actors playing versions of Dylan.

Best actor went to Brad Pitt as the first title character in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford."

Brian DePalma won a Silver Lion as best director for the Iraq drama "Redacted."

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