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Toronto 2016: 'La La Land,' starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, is the fest's big award winner

Toronto 2016: 'La La Land,' starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, is the fest's big award winner

Damien Chazelle's melancholy musical “La La Land” was the big winner at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, picking up the gathering's coveted People's Choice Award.

Chazelle's homage to midcentury American and French musicals — with the help of Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and other very 21st century stars — received one of the strongest responses in recent TIFF memory when it premiered at the festival Monday night.

The Los Angeles-set movie follows a young couple, a would-be musician and actress played respectively by Gosling and Stone, as they fall in and out of love. The film intersperses song-and-dance numbers with chunks of seriocomic...

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