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2009 November 19

One Step Closer...

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Giancarlo Giammetti, Matt Tyrnauer and Valentino Garavani promoting the film in Italy earlier this week Giancarlo Giammetti, Matt Tyrnauer and Valentino Garavani promoting the film in Italy earlier this week
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(NEW YORK) On Wednesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled its short-list of 15 non-fiction films* that will continue to be considered for the best documentary Oscar. Somewhere in Italy, Valentino Garavani is celebrating. Matt Tyrnauer's critically-acclaimed film Valentino: The Last Emperor is still a contender--the only fashion film in the group, in fact. (R.J. Cutler's The September Issue didn't make the cut.)

Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti continue to fete the film rigorously, having hosted a raucous party just last night at the Cinema Odeon di Milano. A group of friends--Naomi Campbell, Dean and Dan Caten, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, Ennio and Carlo Capasa, Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi, Veronica and Jacopo Etro, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Brian Atwood, Matteo Marzotto, Margherita Missoni, and Allegra Beck--showed up to take in the film yet again and support the designer. The film, which was first released on March 18, hit over 200 theaters nationwide.

As a result of the film's deep resonance with audiences, Garavani and Giammetti have become widely recognizable celebrities. During a recent trip to New York to launch the film's DVD with a Gwyneth Paltrow-hosted party at VBH, the duo were repeatedly stopped on the street by a wide range of fans far removed from the fashion world. No doubt that many are hoping to see them on the red carpet this March. Do they allow pugs at the Kodak Theater?
ASHLEY BAKER

*And the best documentary contenders are...

The Beaches of Agnes, Agnès Varda, director (Cine-Tamaris)

Burma VJ, Anders Ostergaard, director (Magic Hour Films)

The Cove, Louie Psihoyos, director (Oceanic Preservation Society)

Every Little Step, James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo, directors (Endgame Entertainment)

Facing Ali, Pete McCormack, director (Network Films)

Food, Inc., Robert Kenner, director (Robert Kenner Films)

Garbage Dreams, Mai Iskander, director (Iskander Films)

Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders, Mark N. Hopkins, director (Red Floor Pictures)

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, directors (Kovno Communications)

Mugabe and the White African, Andrew Thompson and Lucy Bailey, directors (Arturi Films)

Sergio, Greg Barker, director (Passion Pictures and Silverbridge Productions)

Soundtrack for a Revolution, Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman, directors (Freedom Song Productions)

Under Our Skin, Andy Abrahams Wilson, director (Open Eye Pictures)

Valentino: The Last Emperor, Matt Tyrnauer, director (Acolyte Films)

Which Way Home, Rebecca Cammisa, director (Mr. Mudd)




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