SBIFF honors Firth for 'Single Man' role

4:56 PM PST 10/27/2009 by Gregg Kilday, AP

Will be presented with outstanding performance award

Colin Firth, who stars in Tom Ford's "A Single Man," will be presented with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Outstanding Performance of the Year Award at Santa Barbara's Arlington Theatre on Feb.13.

In the film adaptation of Christopher Isherwood's novel, Firth plays a college professor in Los Angeles in 1962 dealing with the death of his male lover.

"Colin Firth grabs on to the best role of his career in 'A Single Man,' forcing us to have another look at his incredible list of films up to this point," SBIFF exec director Roger Durling said. "He's one of the most enduring performers working in cinema today, and we're so thrilled that we're honoring this most deserving actor at the peak of his game."

The fest runs from Feb. 4-14.
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