Colin Firth's interpretation of
despondent 1960s professor George Falconer in A Single Man won
him the main acting prize at Sunday's Bafta film awards.
The award ups the British actor's
prospects of taking home an Oscar statuette at next month's Academy
Awards in Los Angeles.
Firth stars in Tom Ford's big-screen
adaptation of Christopher Isherwood's 1964 novel of the same name.
Falconer is middle aged, gay and British. And living in Los Angeles
when his longtime lover dies suddenly.
Throughout the movie we see Falconer as
he struggles with his loss.
Both Firth and Ford have said the film
has a universal message and should not be confined to a gay niche.
“It's really a film about love and
isolation that I think all of us feel, so it is very universal,”
Ford said at its Venice premiere. “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.”
Firth was also named best actor last
year at the Venice International Film Festival, where the film had
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