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Colin Firth received the Volpi Cup for Best Actor for his role in A Single Man at the 66th Venice International Film Festival.
Colin Firth received the Volpi Cup for Best Actor for his role in A Single Man at the 66th Venice International Film Festival. Frazer Harrison / Staff/Getty Images
Colin Firth has played Mr. Darcy in the BBC's Pride and Prejudice and Mr. Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones's Diary, but it's his role as a gay British professor in Tom Ford's A Single Man that may have Firth seeing Oscar gold.
Firth was nominated Feb. 2 for the Best Actor trophy for his role as George Falconer, a professor struggling to survive after the accidental death of his longtime partner, played by Matthew Goode. Set in 1962, around the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the movie follows George over a single day as he contemplates his bleak, monotonous future.
Firth has also starred in Love Actually, Girl With a Pearl Earring, Valmont, The English Patient, Shakespeare in Love, and Fever Pitch.