Tom Ford Referenced 'Wizard of Oz' in Both of His Films | Writer Oscar Roundtable

"The Amy Adams character [in 'Nocturnal Animals'] is quite literally me."

"It's very complex," writer/director Tom Ford told The Hollywood Reporter during the Writer Roundtable of his screenplay Nocturnal Animals. "It's a story within a story, and there are flashbacks, so there are three stories.

"The two screenplays I have made were both derived from novels that I loved," Ford said, "but at a certain point you have to put them aside, and then try to think of what really spoke to you about that, and then create scenes. Because of course it's a visual medium, so it's completely different."

Formerly the creative director of Gucci and YSL, Ford is now the lead designer of his own namesake brand. Ford turned to screenwriting and directing in 2008 for his debut film, A Single Man, starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, which earned Firth an Oscar nomination. Ford came out with his second film, Nocturnal Animals, starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor-Johnson this year.

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