With a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an exceptional box office performance in limited release, “La La Land” seems to be cementing its status as the Best Picture Oscar frontrunner. This Lionsgate release stars Emma Stone as an aspiring actress who falls in love with a jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) against the starry backdrop of Los Angeles. Both Stone and Gosling sat down recently with Gold Derby to discuss their Golden Globe and SAG-nominated roles.
Gosling admits that he thought he, “wouldn’t get the chance to make an old-fashioned musical, but when the opportunity came up, it was too much of an opportunity to pass up.” Stone agrees, divulging she was, “so excited by the fact it was an original musical because nobody had done it before.”
We also spoke with Damien Chazelle, who directed the film from his original screenplay. “It always felt somewhat unlikely and even impossible at times,” he admits. “I just had a hope that the thing I loved about the older musicals could still apply today.”
Among the below-the-line contenders, we also spoke with composer Justin Hurwitz, lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and costume designer Mary Zophres.
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Ryan Gosling, who plays Sebastian
Emma Stone, who plays Mia
Damien Chazelle, Writer/Director
Justin Hurwitz, Composer
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Lyricists
Mary Zophres, Costume Designer
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