La La Land May Break Oscar History

Zachary Otero, Staff Writer

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Here’s to the fools who dream. In fact, director Damien Chazelle’s motion picture musical is for dreamers everywhere. The start of the new year means it’s time for Oscar season again. This year La La Land is the front-runner for the Academy Awards with a whopping fourteen Oscar nominations. It previously has already won seven Golden Globes, which now holds the title for most wins. In order to break the record of most Oscars received, it has to win over eleven awards which will beat past record breakers Titanic and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. La La Land revolves around a pair of struggling artists trying to get by in the sunny city of Los Angeles. It stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. John Legend also is a large credit. Mia (Stone) is an aspiring actress who makes ends meet by brewing lattes at a coffee shop on a Warner Brother’s studio lot. Sebastian (Gosling) is a jazz pianist who hopes to someday open his own club. After Mia unsuccessfully finds that “someone in the crowd” at a Hollywood party, she stumbles upon a jazz club. Before going on her way, she hears a mesmerizing melody that makes her want to see the hands behind the ivories. From that moment on, Mia and Sebastian’s love affair picks up. However, as the course of the movie goes on, each character is faced with the difficult choice of what is more important: ambition and fame or a fairy-tale romance. La La Land does an amazing job at keeping its audience entertained. From spectacular choreographed dance numbers to stunning cinematography, Chazelle makes it a priority to pay tribute to old Hollywood classics such as Singin’ in the Rain and An American in Paris (it’s even filmed in CinemaScope). That’s what makes this movie so much better if you see it in theaters, especially if viewed in IMAX. For those not too invested in the jazz genre, some moments lag on in the middle of the movie. However, Gosling and Stone’s chemistry makes the movie so much more interesting and real. This isn’t hard to believe due to the fact that they have been in two movies before. Plus, the ending definitely does not disappoint. Because of its outstanding visuals, my prediction is that La La Land will win Oscars for Best Director and Best Cinematography. It’s also the front-runner for Best Score due to its catchy soundtrack and original songs. Best Picture? It’s too early to call, but there is definitely a high chance it could take home the gold. I highly recommend seeing this movie in theaters while you still can. La La Land is great at reminding the viewer that when life kicks you down, tomorrow rolls around and it’s just “another day of sun.”

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