Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Oscar Watch: La La Land (2016)

Hello, Bloggers, welcome to another episode of my Oscar Watch where I discuss trailers for upcoming Oscar contenders. For this post, I will delve into director Damien Chazelle's follow-up to Whiplash, the Hollywood musical La La Land starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. You can click on the link to the trailer here.

All I have to say about this trailer are three words: Yes, yes, and.....oh yeah, YYYEESSS!!!!! This trailer is EVERYTHING!! I love watching Ryan Gosling being musically charming, I like the chemistry between him and Emma Stone, the cinematography is beautiful, the costume design is luscious, and I especially loved the old school feel with the title shown at the very end and the two actors dancing as they rise up in the moonlight. Ugh, December cannot come soon enough!

Even though it is an original musical, since they often gravitate towards musicals based on previously written material, I can very well see this doing well with the Academy. It is a musical about Hollywood, stars two previous Oscar nominees, and is directed by Damien Chazelle who is coming off of Whiplash which took home 3 Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. It even looks like it could get below the line support in categories like Costume Design, Cinematography, and even the Sound categories. Always a huge plus if you want your film to get nominated for Best Picture. That's one reason how The Revenant, which had the most nominations with 12, was such a strong frontrunner for Best Picture. Plus, this film will be opening the Venice Film Festival later this year. That's a good sign. The film opens in theaters on December 2nd.

What do you guys think? Do you think it looks like a legitimate Oscar contender and do you think it simply looks like a great film as well? Please feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!