Colin Andrew Firth, CBE (born 10 September 1960) is an English film, television, and theatre actor. Firth gained wide public attention in the 1990s for his portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the 1995 television adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. In 2011, Firth received an Academy Award for his portrayal of King George VI in The King's Speech, a performance that also earned him the Golden Globe, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor and the Academy Award for Best Actor (his 2nd Academy Award Nomination). The previous year, he received his first Academy Award nomination, for his leading role in A Single Man, a performance that won him a BAFTA Award. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.
The new Bridget Jones book will see the character "dealing with an entire new range of nightmares" from the modern world.
Gone are the days of Greta Garbo and Ingmar Bergman, but from arty documentaries to brooding crime stories, Nordic movies and television shows are enjoying an international boom.
The 85th annual Oscars airs on Feb. 24 and the ceremony has come a long way since the first Academy Awards, which was held as a private banquet with 270 guests in attendance.