'La La Land' turns on the charm in 'not-so-white' Oscars line-up


By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES Romantic musical “La La Land” became the movie to beat at the Academy Awards after earning 14 nominations on Tuesday in a diverse list that silenced the #OscarsSoWhite controversy of the last two years.

With nods that included best picture, actor, actress, director, score and screenplay, the musical about a struggling actress (Emma Stone) and her jazz pianist boyfriend (Ryan Gosling) equaled the record set by the 1997 blockbuster “Titanic” and the 1950 film “All About Eve.”

“La La Land” also became the first original musical to win a best picture Oscar nomination since “All That Jazz” in 1979.

Director Damien Chazelle called the acclaim “a delirious, wonderful moment.” He told Reuters in a phone interview the musical resonated because it looked at “what it means to be young and in love today, what it means to be an artist today and chase a dream.”

The 6,600 member Academy of Motion Picture Arts and…

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