September 16, 2009 at 05:21 AM EDT

I met with a jet-lagged Colin Firth yesterday in Toronto, fresh from his Best Actor victory at the Venice film festival for his impeccable lead performance in Tom Ford’s A Single Man. In the drama, Firth, best known for his roles in Pride & Prejudice and Bridget Jones’s Diary, plays a college professor, mourning the loss of his partner, who considers ending his own life. At the InStyle/Hollywood Foreign Press Association party tonight in Toronto, Harvey Weinstein told me he intends to release the film on Dec. 4; in the meantime, here’s Firth talking about his career-best performance.

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