The jury at the Venice Film Festival handed Colin Firth the award for best actor (Coppa Volpi per la migliore interpretazione maschile) at tonight's closing ceremonies.
Firth, who plays the lead in Tom Ford's A Single Man, drew laughs as he began his acceptance speech: "I'm here for the gift that Tom Ford gave me."
Firth and the film have received glowing reviews following the premiere in Venice Friday night.
UPDATE 9/15/09: The Weinstein Company has acquired US rights to A Single Man and will release the film in NY and LA before the first of the year to qualify for Academy Award (Oscar) consideration. A wider release is expected in early 2010 (Variety).
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