Colin Firth has won over Venice Film Festival judges who have named him the best actor at the festival.

The prize is the second win for Tom Ford's A Single Man, which also won the 3rd annual Queer Lion award at the festival.

Firth stars in Ford's big screen adaption of Christopher Isherwood's 1964 novel of the same name as professor George Falconer.

In accepting the award, the forty-nine-year-old actor called the win “possibly the greatest honor of my life.”

In the United States, Firth is best know for his starring roles in Bridget Jone's Diary and last year's musical Mamma Mia, but in his native England audiences remember him for his portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

In A Single Man, he plays the ultimate outsider in 1960's Los Angeles – middle-aged, gay and British – where he struggles on after the sudden loss of his partner, Jim (played by Matthew Goode).

During last week's premiere, fashion designer turned film director Ford said the film is not “about being gay.”

“It's really a film about love and isolation that I think all of us feel, so it is very universal,” Ford said at a news conference. “When I see someone who sees the film and says, 'It's a gay story,' I don't even know what they are thinking, it just seems to me a human story.”

A Single Man is expected to receive similar accolades as it makes its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival this week.

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