Docu on Italian designer Valentino longlisted for next year’s Oscar

November 20th, 2009 - 3:18 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 20 (ANI): It has emerged that a documentary on Italian designer Valentino is among 15 other titles that are eligible to win next year’s best documentary feature Oscar.

‘Valentino: The Last Emperor’ is about the 77-year-old designer’s final days as head of the fashion house that bears his name, reports the BBC.

Others films that have been longlisted by the Academy include ‘The Cove’, about the clandestine slaughter of dolphins in Japan, ‘The September Issue’, about Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and James Toback’s documentary about boxer Mike Tyson.

But Michael Moore’s, ‘Capitalism: A Love Story’, has been omitted from the list, to be whittled down to five ahead of the 2010 Oscars on March 7.

Features that did make the cut included ‘Burma VJ’, a docu-drama about protests in Burma made up of “video journalist” footage smuggled out of the country.

Others include a film about Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN special envoy who was killed in Iraq in 2003.

‘Mugabe and the White African’, a British documentary about farmers fighting to hold onto their property in Zimbabwe in the face of President Robert Mugabe’s land reform programme, is also included.

Some 89 titles had originally qualified for the category, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The five-strong shortlist will be revealed when the Academy Award nominations are announced on February 2. (ANI)

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