The Venice Film Festival, the film festival that is not Cannes or Sundance, was in a jolly gay mood this weekend when it handed Colin Firth the Best Actor award for playing gay in A Single Man, which just happened to be directed by gay designer Tom Ford, who won the Queer Golden Lion award, a unofficial prize not associated with the festival, and handed out to masculine overachievers who show off their chest hair.
In the film, Firth plays George Falconer, a college professor reeling from the death of his partner. Firth, who says the award is his career’s most notable, received the honor from a jury headed by none other than Ang Lee. The gays run Hollywood. And Venice.