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Tom 0'Neil, may be correct in regard to "La La Land" & the Oscars?

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  • Spencer Shannon
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    From everything I see, Mr. 0’Neill may have already hit a “bullseye” when he wrote about the musical “La La Land” possibly becoming the film to beat with the upcoming *Academy Awards?

    1 thing seems already a shoo-in is Emma Stone probably “Walking Down-the-Aisle” for Best Actress

    It still-(in my opinion) depends on “Silence” & how it’s greeted, as far as sweeping though

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    Jim Brooks
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    Saw this film at my first trip to Telluride this year, and La La Land is the real deal and like Tom said, could be an Oscar juggernaut during awards season. I think it will have a minimum of 10 nominations. Emma Stone will be a for sure nominee, but I want to wait and see what all the buzz is about with Natalie Portman first, and we still have Viola Davis waiting in the wings this fall.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    It’s certainly the real deal, I loved it as did the rest of the theatre at TIFF. I wouldn’t quite call Stone a lock for the win, but that if the film wins BP, it would bring her with it. Her performance alone would likely not be enough.

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    GusCruz
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    Allow me some arrogance: I was the very first person on this site to call this movie the frontrunner.

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    Volcarocka
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    When I saw the director and cast, back when I was doing my post-Oscars super early snooping the day after the last ceremony, I marked La La Land as a contender. Now it’s almost like watching my little baby grow up. It’s definitely a frontrunner, even if Stone has some excellent competition.

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    Eddy Q
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    It’s certainly the real deal, I loved it as did the rest of the theatre at TIFF. I wouldn’t quite call Stone a lock for the win, but that if the film wins BP, it would bring her with it. Her performance alone would likely not be enough.

    Let’s say for sake of argument that La La Land is going to win Best Picture. How would you then compare Emma Stone’s Oscar chances with Renée Zellweger in Chicago, considering she was also the lead of a Best Picture musical and yet still lost, even after winning SAG?

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    ETPhoneHome
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    It is a pretty good comparison actually, because I expect this year to be as competitive, but Chazelle’s direction of LaLa Land accentuates Stone’s performance more than Marshall’s did for Zellweger. Stone has a far more memorable solo performance, and doesn’t have performances like those of Zeta-Jones and Latifah to overshadow her. That’s why I would confidently say that she could win with the right momentum, where Zellweger was unable to.

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    Andrew Carden
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    My hunch right now is it wins Picture, Director, Cinematography, Film Editing and Production Design. With, yes, Portman taking Lead Actress.

    For the finest in film reviews and awards analysis, please visit me at The Awards Connection!

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    Jake
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    I wonder whether this film can manage to get a screenplay nomination. I can’t think of any musical not based on anything to get nominated for its writing, maybe you can? Even “Nashville” in the end didn’t get nominated there.

    EDIT: Ryan Gosling is more overdue of 2nd Best Actor nomination than Leonardo DiCaprio was of Best Actor win last year, IMO.

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    Eddy Q
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    I wonder whether this film can manage to get a screenplay nomination. I can’t think of any musical not based on anything to get nominated for its writing, maybe you can? Even “Nashville” in the end didn’t get nominated there.

    An American in Paris won for its screenplay; its story was original and merely inspired by Gershwin’s orchestral composition (which became the ballet segment near the end). Also, All That Jazz was a semi-autobiographical original work which took its title from a number from Chicago. It was nominated for Original Screenplay.

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    Jake
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    ^^That’s right. Thanks!

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    Spencer Shannon
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    WOW!  THANK YOU TO ALL  (P.S. though I’m not getting e mail updates on the replies for some reason, any tips?)

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    AviChristiaans
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    Let’s not forget people, La La Land is out in front right now with critics. It is the critics darling. And we all know that does not equal Academy favourite. We have been through this time and time again.

    Isn’t La La Land a bit too “romantic comedy-ish” for Best Picture? The last 13 Best Picture winners were either about serious subject matters and/or about Hollywood and actors. And when it was about the Industry, it was a serious, artistic look at the Industry.

    Chicago might have been a musical, but it was not a comedic love story. As comedic as it was, it had serious undertones revolving around crime/legal issues.

    When is the last time a light hearted, sugary sweet love story won the Oscar?

    My bet is an upset is coming. Yet again.

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    Roney Moore
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    But aren’t these snobby critics usually against those rom-coms, too? When was the last time they praised a movie like that so hard?

    As far as musicals go, they shat all over Les Miserables, but industry was more impressed by it. Overall they prefer more emotional things.

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    Eddy Q
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    Let’s not forget people, La La Land is out in front right now with critics. It is the critics darling. And we all know that does not equal Academy favourite. We have been through this time and time again.

    Isn’t La La Land a bit too “romantic comedy-ish” for Best Picture? The last 13 Best Picture winners were either about serious subject matters and/or about Hollywood and actors. And when it was about the Industry, it was a serious, artistic look at the Industry.

    Chicago might have been a musical, but it was not a comedic love story. As comedic as it was, it had serious undertones revolving around crime/legal issues.

    When is the last time a light hearted, sugary sweet love story won the Oscar?

    My bet is an upset is coming. Yet again.

    For all I know there could be an upset, but from the sound of it La La Land is “romantic comedy-ish” in a similar way that Shakespeare in Love was “romantic comedy-ish”. The amount of support across the different branches that La La Land will inevitably receive will easily trump any problems the Academy has with so-called romantic comedies. If in the end it loses, it will probably be for entirely different reasons; and anyway, isn’t the film meant to be both artistic and also quite sad and serious in parts? It’s not like it’s all completely breezy.

    Also I wouldn’t say that La La Land is necessarily the critics’ darling. It’s one of them, sure, but the reviews for Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight have been at least as good. And Scorsese’s Silence is still to come.

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