Listen up Oscar betting pool contenders, because La La Land is going make a giant sweep when it makes a showing at this weekend's Academy Awards ceremony. Just based on Whiplash I knew that La La Land was going to be nominated for Best Picture when the film was first announced. The movie is one made for the Academy, hitting all the right notes. The three frontrunners during this years #Oscars have always been La La Land, Moonlight and Manchester By The Sea. All of them are unconventional, taking creative risks that your typical Oscar-bait does not usually pursue. Manchester tackles a realistic tragedy, showing how influential the events of the past can be. Moonlight portrays a grounded take on identity in a changing urban landscape, while La La Land is a Hollywood musical that follows everything that you wouldn't expect from a narrative of that sort.
What makes La La Land stand out between the three? Why does it have a 100 percent chance of winning? Moonlight may have had the most to say in addition to being the most important movie of the year, but why is La La Land the lock? It's because this is the perfect Oscar movie. Here are three reasons why La La Land is going to win big at the Academy Awards this weekend.
1. Hollywood Is A City Of Stars
Look at the plot of La La Land: Two artists — an actress and a musician — strive to fulfill their dreams in Los Angeles. That's pretty much the story of every single voter in the Academy. The Academy is full of dreamers who made it, whether it is in the film or music industry. They love nothing more than movies that portray their struggle and journey to get where they are. People love the movies that are relatable; it's what makes them keep on going back again and again to see them. This is the same for the Academy and their love for movies about Hollywood. This is why movies like Argo, The Artist and Birdman have come out on top in recent years. It's no doubt that #LaLaLand will continue that trend.
2. It Is Pure Joy In A Time Of Uncertainty
The current political landscape has left created a lot of controversy. Unlike other films in the Best Picture category, it has no political undertones or messages. By the end of the film, what it's trying to say is clear: Don't give up your dreams. La La Land is definitively the happiest experience that anyone could've had in the theater last year, full of singing, dancing, charm and heart. During the past few months, people have been looking for an escape from the real world, into a landscape where they could be immersed and fully transported to create an amazing experience. La La Land is that escape.
3. It Is Tied For The Most Nominated Film Of All Time (And It's Going To Win Most Of Them)
The fact that La La Land is tied as the most nominated film in Oscar history tells us a lot about how much the Academy loves the film. You can definitely count Best Original Song, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Director and a number of technical categories as locks for the film. The only categories where the movie has substantial competition lies in Best Sound Editing, which relies on the innovation of different sounds in a motion picture, where Hacksaw Ridge is considered a frontrunner alongside the film.
Another category that is considered a toss-up is Best Original Screenplay, where Manchester by the Sea is currently making a large showing in many critic circles. The variable in this is how La La Land's Golden Globes screenplay win influenced the Academy as a whole. It is also worth noting that Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who won the statue for Best Supporting Actor at the Globes, was not present in the Academy's nominees. However, there is still a chance. Since every division of the Academy will be voting, the more they love or are familiar with something, the more likely it is to win ex. Spectre's "Writing's On The Wall," Mad Max: Fury Road.
Here's a breakdown of what other categories La La Land is nominated for:
- Best Actress — WIN
Emma Stone has solidified herself as the frontrunner in this race. The closest competition is Natalie Portman, whose nomination has suffered from a mediocre marketing push during awards season.
- Best Actor — LOSS
Ryan Gosling has had a great year, but this category is a toss-up. Denzel Washington and Casey Affleck are the two who are getting pushed really hard for this one.
- Best Cinematography — WIN
- Best Production Design — WIN
- Best Sound Mixing — WIN
- Best Costume Design — WIN
- Best Film Editing — WIN
- Best Original Score — WIN
La La Land is absolutely beautiful in both design and in sound. The more the Academy loves a film, the more willing they are to give it everything. Some praise La La Land definitely deserves, but some will arguably just go to it due to its popularity. Consider that most celebrities don't pay attention to these categories while watching a film, much like casual viewers don't.
- Best Original Song ("City Of Stars") — WIN
- Best Original Song ("Audition") — LOSS
It's too bad they both can't win, but voters will definitely be more familiar with City of Stars once the film ends.
- Best Director — WIN
Hands down, #DamienChazelle deserves Best Director. He fought hard to get this movie made and his passion flows throughout it. It's a movie about people chasing their dreams from one who lives it. This one has been a lock all season.
There is a chance that La La Land will tie for the most wins in Oscar history, but this is only if it manages to win the predictions above as well as Best Original Screenplay or Best Sound Mixing, which are tougher categories for the film. It would would become the first to win 12 Academy Awards if it manages to win both of those, surpassing Titanic, Return of the King and Ben-Hur to claim the record. Anyway, we'll find out when the Oscars are held this Sunday.
Will La La Land have the most Oscar wins in history?