Damien Chazelle’s third feature film “La La Land” garnered fourteen Academy Awards nominations – tying the record, alongside “Titanic” and “All about Eve”. Furthermore, the film is currently positioned to sweep the 89th Academy Awards in a couple weeks, including Best Picture and Best Director.
I’ve seen the magical motion picture FIVE TIMES in the cinema. Yes, it stands the test of multiple viewings. And that opening number (“Another Day of Sun”), well, I could just witness that on repeat without a complaint.
If, indeed, “La La Land” sweeps the Oscar evening away – it will leave several films in the dust, especially Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”) and Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”, Best Original Screenplay). Denzel Washington (“Fences”) may upset Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”) – allowing me to ponder – will “Manchester by the Sea” receive nothing? “Fences” may steal its thunder. The former film is superior to the latter film. (“Fences” is just fine.)
Mr. Chazelle is a revolutionary film director – meaning knocking it out of the park with two feature films in a row. Just leaves you in awe of his filmmaking process. Yet, Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”) is equally groundbreaking – dividing his film in three sections – Little, Chiron, and Black – deeply poignant yet lacks resonance.
It is safe to announce “La La Land” – and Damien Chazelle – an Academy Award winner prior to the telecast. Now release the Criterion and air the film via Turner Classic Movies (haha).
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