LA LA LAND Review, Interviews & the Golden Globes
06 Jan, 2017
2016 was a year of great films, one of which is a Golden Globe frontrunner and Oscar hopeful, entitled ‘La La Land’. We met and spoke to ‘La La Land’s’ Emma Stone twice last year—our first meeting was Opening Night of the 39th Mill Valley Film Festival this past October and the second was at SF Honors, the award the film received, in December hosted by the San Francisco Film Society. It was during the latter that we also had the special opportunity to speak with Stone’s charming, handsome and equally talented co-star, Ryan Gosling. Both Emma and Ryan graced the covers of fashion magazine’s this Winter—Emma on the cover of Vogue in November and Ryan, on this month’s cover of GQ Magazine. Both were in good spirits when Dig In spoke with them on the red carpet in San Francisco, cracking jokes and entertaining us with their wit.
Watch our interview with actress Emma Stone and actor Ryan Gosling:
That very night, we also caught up with writer/director Damien Chazelle. We met him at Mill Valley Film Festival for ‘Whiplash’ a couple years prior. Chazelle, looking dapper and always cordial, explained why he decided to make a musical, as well as spoke of his reasons for choosing Stone and Gosling to star in his latest picture.
Watch our interview with writer/director Damien Chazelle:
‘La La Land’ is a love story between two young struggling artists in, you guessed it, Los Angeles—better known as aka “La La Land.” Mia, played by Stone, works at a coffee shop on a movie studio and is constantly auditioning for acting roles with no luck. Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is an idealistic jazz musician with empty pockets. Both Mia and Sebastian dream of making it big in LA—however, it’s not that easy. They are each ready to give up and both constantly take jobs they hate in order to survive.
Chazelle’s film is full of dreamy, magical scenes filled with song and dance. The opening scene of dancers in colorful, casual clothing singing and dancing while stuck on a freeway in LA traffic conjures up memories of the ‘80s television series ‘Fame.’ The chemistry between Gosling and Stone is accentuated by light and entertaining song and dance scenes that seem very familiar. Chazelle compared the on-screen couple to classic, romantic “old Hollywood pairings like “Tracy and Hepburn or Bogie and Bacall or Fred and Ginger.” The young and talented director went on to exclaim that “They have an incredible combination of old Hollywood timeless glamour and modern, real nuance.”
SF Honors, a new SF Film Society award made possible by a gift from Film Society Board Vice President Todd Traina and philanthropist Diane Wilsey, is designed to bring particular attention to innovation and audacity in current cinema with a screening and special onstage tribute to the creators and cast of one of the best films of the year.
Watch SF Film Society Executive Director Noah Cowan explain the significance of the SF Honors Award and why ‘La La Land’ was chosen:
‘La La Land,’ which is in theaters now, has been nominated for a series of Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture – in a Musical or Comedy, Emma Stone for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Ryan Gosling for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Damien Chazelle for Best Director – Motion Picture. The 2017 Golden Globe Awards will air LIVE coast-to-coast on NBC from 5-8 p.m. PT / 8-11 p.m. ET from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Tune in!
We wish ‘La La Land,’ Damien Chazelle, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling the best of luck this awards season. And we want give an extra special thank you to the Mill Valley Film Festival and the SF Film Society for hosting the film and the unique opportunity to be a part of these special film events.