We knew Tom Ford was a talented guy after his brand-defining work with Gucci, YSL, and his own label, but the multifaceted designer is moving onto movies now and he appears to be no slouch in that category either. His directorial debut, A Single Man, is about a gay college professor in 1960s California, whose boyfriend dies in front of him and the inner madness that ensues. Colin Firth won best actor honors at the Venice Film Festival for his performance, production design was handled by the Mad Men team, and general Oscar buzz has already started swirling for this dark, period piece. The film hits theaters in limited released on December 11.

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