There was high drama when the award for best film was announced at the 89th Acacdemy Awards
The 89th Academy Awards ceremony took place at Los Angeles earlier this morning. La La Land got 14 nominations, including thumbs up for Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and Damien Chazelle. It bagged thein 6 of these categories, narrowly missing out on the award for the the best film. It won the awards for best director, best actress, best original score and best original song for City of Stars. Here are the details:
Best Director-Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle, the Hollywood wunderkind behind this year’s most loved movie “La La Land”, became the youngest filmmaker to win best director trophy at the 89th Academy Awards today. Six years in the making, it was a dream project for 32-year-old Chazelle who wanted to pay tribute to old Hollywood musicals with his LA-set story of ambition and romance. In his speech, Chazelle recognised his fellow nominees and his stars — Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. He also paid tribute to his girlfriend Olivia Hamilton.
Best Song-Justin Hurwitz
Justin Hurwitz took home best song for his much-loved number ‘City of Stars’ and the enchanting soundtrack of “La La Land” at the 89th annual Academy Awards. The track, whose lyrics are by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, features Ryan Gosling as an LA-based musician playing to the tunes of jazz and crooning, “City of stars… Are you shining just for me?… City of stars… There’s so much that I can’t see.”The track comes twice in the movie, at first with Gosling’s character Sebastin Wilder singing it longingly and the other time Mia, played by Emma Stone, humming it along with him.
Best actress- Emma Stone
Emma Stone danced her way to victory as she took home the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of Mia in Damien Chazelle’s soaring musical “La La Land”. The 28-year-old triumphed for the first time at Oscars defeating strong contenders like Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Ruth Negga (Loving), Natalie Portman (Jackie) and veteran actress Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins).
Stone’s performance, as an aspiring actress working as a barista in a cafe, in the film was praised for being superbly smart, witty and vulnerable.