“Here’s to the fools who dream.” That’s the tagline showcased in the new Lionsgate poster for their romantic musical “La La Land” (full photo below), which should be a major player at the 2017 Oscars following its major launch this week at the Venice Film Festival. The image features stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone dancing in what appears to be the Hollywood Hills, an homage to the film’s Los Angeles setting.
“La La Land” will be released December 16 and follows an aspiring actress (Stone) struggling to get by with a jazz musician (Gosling) in the modern-day City of Angels. It’s directed by Damien Chazelle, the 31-year-old helmer whose 2014 breakthrough film, “Whiplash,” won three Oscars and earned him a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay (he lost to Graham Moore for “The Imitation Game”).
Even though it’s late August, Gold Derby’s 19 Oscar experts derived from major media outlets already predict that the film will earn four major nominations: Best Picture (8/1 odds), Best Director (5/1), Best Actor (10/1) and Best Actress (9/1).
Like Chazelle, Gosling and Stone are past Oscar nominees looking for their first wins. Stone lost Best Supporting Actress for “Birdman” to Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”) in 2014, while Gosling lost Best Actor for “Half Nelson” to Forest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland”) in 2006.
See each Oscar expert’s individual rankings right here. Here’s how the Best Picture predictions break down according to our pundits’ odds, and which experts are backing them:
1. “Manchester by the Sea” (6/1 odds)
Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Jack Mathews (Gold Derby), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Keith Simanton (IMDB), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere)
2. “La La Land” (8/1)
Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby)
3. “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” (9/1)
Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily), Adnan Virk (ESPN), Susan Wloszczyna (RogetEbert.com)
4. “Loving” (9/1)
Edward Douglas (Weekend Warrior), Christopher Rosen (Ent. Weekly), Nicole Sperling (Ent. Weekly), Anne Thompson (Indiewire)
5. “Fences” (11/1)
6. “The Birth of a Nation” (12/1)
Brian Truitt (USA Today)
7. “Moonlight” (25/1)
8. “Arrival” (33/1)
9. “American Pastoral” (40/1)
10. “20th Century Women” (40/1)
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