Tom Ford

Tom Ford has secured the “Leone d’Argento — Gran Premio della Giuria,” of the Venice Film Festival for his directorial efforts on his second film “Nocturnal Animals.” This is the equivalent of the silver medal of the international event.

The designer gave a brief speech in Italian accepting the award. “I moved to Italy back in 1990 and I lived many of my best years in Italy, which I really consider a second home,” he said, emphasizing the “beautiful memories of the Venice Film Festival” and the warm welcome that his first film, “A Single Man,” received at the event. “Returning was a dream come true,” he added.

Ford presented the movie at the festival on Sept. 2 with its actors Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Ellie Bamber, all dressed in the designer’s namesake line. “For me, this film, this story is really about finding those people in your life that mean something to you and holding on to them,” said Ford, who wrote the script based on Austin Wright’s book “Tony and Susan,” first published in 1993, and also produced the film.