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Colin Firth nominated for Oscar for playing gay in “A Single Man” [video]

”If you’re known as a straight guy, playing a gay role, you get rewarded for that. If you’re a gay man and you want to play a straight role, you don’t get cast – and if a gay man wants to play a gay role now, you don’t get cast. I think it needs to be addressed and I feel complicit in the problem.”

British actor Colin Firth speaking at Monday’s premier of “A Single Man,” the Tom Ford-directed interpretation of a Christopher Isherwood novel. The Academy Award nominations were announced this morning and Firth was named for his role as gay college professor George Falconer. The film also stars Nicholas Hoult (“Tony” of the UK TV show “Skins“), and in this Independent article, director Ford says he had a bit of a crush on both men. Firth, who married his wife Livia Giuggioli in 1997, has played a number of gay characters in his long acting career. (The Independent)

The Academy Awards will air on March 7, 2010 on ABC at 8pm. It is going to be co-produced by Adam Shankman (the out gay director and choreographer of the musical “Hairspray” and a panel judge of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance”). The show’s hosting duties will be shared by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. The list of other 2010 Oscar nominees include:

Best Picture

  • Avatar
  • The Blind Side
  • District 9
  • An Education
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Inglorious Basterds
  • Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
  • A Serious Man
  • Up
  • Up in the Air


  • Jeff Bridges
  • Geroge Clooney
  • Colin Firth
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Jeremy Renner

Supporting Actor

  • Matt Damon
  • Woody Harrelson
  • Christopher Plummer
  • Stanley Tucci


  • Sandra Bullock
  • Hellen Mirren
  • Gabourey Sidibe
  • Meryl Streep

Supporting Actress

  • Penelope Cruz
  • Vera Farmiga
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Anna Kendrick
  • Mo’Nique

Animated Feature

  • Coraline
  • Fantastic Mr Fox
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • The Secret of Kells
  • Up

Special Effects

  • Avatar
  • District 9
  • Star Trek

So, what do you think about Colin Firth and all of this year’s nominees?
Who got overlooked?
Who got too much credit?
And who do you think will win?

JD Uy has been a Metro Weekly webmaster, distribution manager, blogger and videographer since 2002.