Colin Firth in 'A Single Man'With his understated, devastating portrayal of a gay college professor mourning the death of his longtime lover in 'A Single Man' -- Tom Ford's movie based on the 1964 Christopher Isherwood novel of the same name -- Colin Firth has all but nailed an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

Recognition for his performance has been steadily building: this week Firth nabbed a Golden Globes nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama; he's also been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, among others.
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