Tom Ford's 'A Single Man' gets into the Spirit

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Dallas-bred fashion designer  Tom Ford’s first feature film, A Single Man, hasn’t even been released in Dallas yet, but it’s already on the road to success. His debut feature just got three Independent Spirit Awards yesterday, the first major film prizes announced this season: Best first screenplay (Ford), best first feature (Ford) and best actor (Colin Firth). The ISAs are the quirkiest of awards (the Coen Brothers’ similarly-named A Serious Man, easily this year’s most boring disappointment, was announced as the Robert Altman Award winner already) , often going to obscure films in limited release, so when the next round of nominations begins — the National Society of Film Critics and Golden Globes are up soon — we’ll see if it still has the momentum.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones