FORD GETS INSPIRED: Tom Ford can soon add to his list of industry accolades, including CFDA Womenswear and Menswear Designer of the Year and Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, when he receives the Award of Inspiration at amfAR’s fifth annual Inspiration Gala Los Angeles on Oct. 29. At the Inspiration Gala, a celebration of men’s style, amfAR will recognize both his contributions to men’s wear design and his commitment to combating the AIDS crisis.Ford has been a longtime supporter of amfAR and an outspoken advocate on behalf of people living with AIDS. The event, to be held at Milk Studios, is chaired by amfAR chairman Kenneth Cole, Bryan Lourd and Aileen Getty, and cochaired by Simon Halls and Matt Bomer. Proceeds from the black-tie gala will benefit amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research initiatives. [wwd.com]
Question: I was wondering what White Collar‘s final-season storyline will be about. —Michael
Ausiello: Sounds like a Q perfectly tailored to the show’s perfectly tailored leading man Matt Bomer. “It revolves around the greatest crime ring in the world, which is a group that actually exists that’s called The Pink Panthers,” he explains. “Neal is trying to become a mole in their organization in order to get his freedom from the FBI. Old characters come back and new characters are introduced. Drama ensues.” [tvline]
The haul primarily came through big showings from FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven,” with 17 noms, and HBO’s “The Normal Heart,” with 16. “Glee” contributed a comedy directing nom for Paris Barclay.
Murphy’s tally helped 20th Century Fox TV and its affils lead the studio pack in Emmy tonnage with 44 bids for its various banners — and that’s not including the 16 for “Normal Heart,” which Murphy produced through HBO.
Noms for Murphy productions were typically plentiful in the longform acting categories. Mark Ruffalo (pictured right), Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Joe Mantello, Alfred Molina and Julia Roberts are up for “The Normal Heart.” “Coven” landed bids for Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett (pictured left).
What accounts for Murphy’s Midas touch with thesps? It’s simple, he explains: Cast actors you admire and give them the chance to do something completely unexpected.
“Everyone of the actors who are nominated are friends of mine people I’ve always wanted to work with,” Murphy told Variety. “I always approach people by saying ‘I love you and I’m a big fan of your work and I want the world to see how deep your talent is. … I’m just proud the trust they place in me has paid off in this way. It’s an amazing gift to be recognized by your peers.” [Variety.com]