“This is the dream. It’s conflict and it’s compromise. It’s very, very exciting,” says Ryan Gosling in the new trailer for Lionsgate’s romantic musical “La La Land.” The trailer is dubbed “Dreamers” as it depicts Gosling and leading lady Emma Stone as a Los Angeles jazz musician and aspiring actress, respectfully, who keep bumping into each other in the city of angels. Watch the trailer above and see the new poster art below.
“La La Land” is directed by Damien Chazelle, the 31-year-old helmer whose 2014 breakthrough film, “Whiplash,” won three Oscars: Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons, Best Editing and Best Sound Mixing. While Chazelle lost his Oscar bid for Best Adapted Screenplay that year, he is on track to earning two more nominations this year for writing and directing “La La Land.”
Gosling and Stone are also on the hunt for their first Oscar victories this year. Stone is a previous Best Supporting Actress nominee for “Birdman”; she lost to Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”) in 2014. And Gosling is a former Best Actor contender “Half Nelson”; he lost to Forest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland”) in 2006.
Eighteen of our 24 Oscar experts derived from major media outlets continue to back “La La Land” for Best Picture, which translates to leading odds of 9/2. They are: Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Edward Douglas (Weekend Warrior), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Christopher Rosen (Entertainment Weekly), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Keith Simanton (IMDB), Nicole Sperling (Entertainment Weekly), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Brian Truitt (USA Today), Adnan Virk (ESPN), Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogetEbert.com).
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