Hollywood star Morgan Freeman has tipped Brokeback Mountain for victory at Sunday's (05MAR06) Academy Awards - despite admitting the film didn't dazzle him.

The MILLION DOLLAR BABY Oscar-winner acknowledges the gay cowboy movie has a contemporary appeal with audiences, but he has another favourite.

He says, "Brokeback Mountain is this year's right subject at the right time, which is all that counts. I liked the movie... but I wouldn't choose it over CAPOTE or (its star) Philip Seymour Hoffman."

The controversial Ang Lee production - which leads the nominations for the 78th annual Academy Awards with eight nods - faces off with Capote in five categories, including Best Picture and Best Actor.