Although he has a pretty good day job, fashion maven Tom Ford has been busy as well creating a pretty impressive screen career on the side. First there was A Single Man, and now seven years later the Hitchcock-style thriller Nocturnal Animalswhich not only won him the Silver Lion when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival but also this morning he was Golden Globe nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay for his stylish adaptation of Austin Wright’s complex 2011 novel.

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Ford came to Deadline’s big all-day awards event The Contenders Presented By Deadline last month at the DGA theater, where he told a packed audience of Oscar and key guild voters how he tackled this complicated story — which is actually a story within a story — starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams and a stellar supporting cast. He also tells me about why he is so passionate not only about watching films but also making them.

Check out our conversation above.