“The September Issue” Spared an Oscar Nod, Valentino’s “Emporer” In.

November 23, 2009 • Lifestyle


No statuette for Anna this year!

The official list of Oscar nominations for documentaries was released late last week and the results have had some people wondering. First off, the typically short list is comprised of a staggering 15 films this year, including the doc chronicling the life and times of legendary designer Valentino, Valentino: The Last Emperor. But while fashion media is glad that a fashion-themed flick was worthy of an Oscar nod, many are wondering why the arguably bigger (in terms of hype) and more grossing (in terms of money) fashion doc of this year is noticeably absent. The September Issue which portrays the inner workings of fashion bible Vogue, including a candid portrait of the mag's notoriously icy editor Anna Wintour, made many a headline this fall and has earned, so far, $3,747,341 in theaters, and is still playing. Valentino made about half that, with just $1,755,134. And though the universe is aware that the Oscar race is not based on popularity alone, it does seem odd that Anna and her crew were overlooked. New York Magazine has speculated the issue as a case of Vanity Fair vs. Vogue, since Valentino was created by Matt Tyrnauer, a correspondent for VF. Vogue's September Issue was the brainchild of famed documentarian, R.J. Cutler. Well, we think now that they're out of the running, Vogue should extend a gracious hand toward it's fellow fashion film and root for it as a sign of good sportsmanship. Though we can't deny how fun it would have been to watch the faux fur fly on Oscar night.

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