2016 Oscar Circuit Guide: Award Hopefuls Debuting at Venice, TIFF, and NYFF

Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal portrays Tony Hastings in writer/director Tom Ford’s romantic thriller NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, a Focus Features release. Credit: Merrick Morton/Focus Features
Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal portrays Tony Hastings in writer/director Tom Ford’s romantic thriller NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, a Focus Features release.
Credit: Merrick Morton/Focus Features

Nocturnal Animals
dir. Tom Ford – Venice – Focus Features

There are vocal admirers of Tom Ford’s debut effort “A Single Man,” which garnered Colin Firth his first Academy Award nomination.  His next venture sounds even more intriguing with Jake Gyllenhaal, fresh off some big snubs for “Nightcrawler” and “Prisoners,” as well as Amy Adams, who will be a double threat this year.  It’s been said that we should keep our eyes on co-stars Michael Shannon (another double threat with “Loving”) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.  Venice seems to be an appropriate place to debut the film, which is based on the novel “Tony and Susan.”