‘La La Land’ A Big Shaky Smile At The Oscars
By Rashidat Akashat with agency reports
The most captivating movie of 2017 with awards from the Globes and BAFTAS, La La Land heads to the Oscars with sensitive green light to win big.
The glamorous season of Hollywood, reaches a life time era for actors who would want to be acknowledged at the biggest most recognised movie awards in the world.
As millions of viewers tune in to watch the most prestigious award, Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” will be expected to set a new record of a spectacular win like the 1997 “Titanic” and 1950 “All About Eve”.
Chazelle who has been really excited about the awards, told trade magazine Variety in January that “When you mention those movies, it makes my head spin even more than it’s spinning. I’m a little speechless.”
With analysts backing the musical comedy “La La Land” and voting among the 6,000- plus Academy’s members, the tough one-dimensional campaigning that continually marks the awards hitting for votes can no longer change the results.
Oscars Success Overrated
Despite being expected to escalate the walls of 1959 “Ben Hur” record of 11 Golden statuettes, “Titanic” and 2003 “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”, some analyst still expect the movie to fall short of records.
The storm is expected with the contenders in all the other categories especially for the role of best actor where Ryan gosling stands with the likes of Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”) or Denzel Washington (“Fences”), who are seen as neck-and-neck in the show’s closest race.
Gosling is expected to lose out in the best actor category, however, to
“I really don’t know which way best actor will go,” veteran film critic Anne Thompson, awards editor for movie blog IndieWire, told AFP.
“I keep changing my mind. And production design and costumes are also hard to call. If ‘La La Land’ wins both, it gets 10. If it wins one, it gets nine.”
For the Best actress, Emma Stone still has a stiff hurdle to climb with one of French’s best Issabelle Huppert, who has been acknowledged as “the most intelligent” actress for her role in sado-masochists and abortionist.
Isabelle Hupperts twist of role in Elle as a rape victim, to a sado- masochists and abortionist earned her a tip at the Oscars with several applauds.
“I think (Stone) will win but if she doesn’t, it’s because she makes it look so easy and because you don’t see her putting on an accent, putting on a fake nose, all those things,” Stephen Galloway, editor-in-chief of weekly trade paper The Hollywood Reporter, told AFP.
“People like to see the acting. You don’t with her. That is actually why she is so great.”
Stone has other stiff competitors like Natalie Portman (“Jackie”), Ruth Negga (“Loving”) and Meryl Streep, 67, who earned a 20th nomination record for “Florence Foster Jenkins.”
Crews rolled out plastic sheeting on Wednesday to protect the red carpet and fan bleachers, with intermittent rain showers expected to hit Los Angeles on Sunday.
“La La Land” swam by a record of seven Golden Globes in January, they will vie for best picture with eight films including “Arrival,” family drama “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight,” the coming-of-age tale of an African-American in Miami.
The Overall nominations at the Oscars reflects a revamp of an #OscarSoWhite controversy which ruled in a lot of boycotts in the past.
The critics dropped their pen this year impressed by the redirection and recognition of blockbuster all white and coloured movies produced in 2016.
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Black actors Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris are first-time nominees for “Moonlight,” while “Fences” hopefuls Washington and his co-star Viola Davis are both old hands, with 11 nominations between them and two wins for Washington.
Also nominated is past winner Octavia Spencer, a best supporting actress candidate for “Hidden Figures.”
She, Davis and Harris compete against past Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (“Lion”) and Michelle Williams (“Manchester by the Sea”), who has been nominated three other times before this year.
For best supporting actor, Ali is leading the betting ahead of Dev Patel (“Lion”), Jeff Bridges (“Hell or High Water”), Michael Shannon (“Nocturnal Animals”) and Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”).
In the directing category, Mel Gibson’s surprise nomination for the critically acclaimed WWII biopic “Hacksaw Ridge” marks his comeback a decade after being ostracized by Hollywood for an anti-Semitic tirade.
Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”) and Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester”) are also in the running, but Chazelle is expected to go one better than his losing nomination in 2015 for writing “Whiplash,” to become the youngest best director winner ever.
Televised live by ABC and shown around the world, the 89th Academy Awards will be held at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, and hosted by late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.
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