To the editor: The piece by Glenn Lovell, a teacher of film studies, includes the following analysis: First, “La La Land” is “institutionalized nostalgia” and leads in the Oscars’ Best Picture category because it appeals to Hollywood’s narcissism; second, because of recent events triggered by President Trump, the inconsequential nature of “La La Land” will spell its undoing in the vote for Best Picture; third, “Manchester by the Sea” won’t win because it is “lily white”; and finally, Meryl Streep’s Golden Globe attack on Trump got her nominated for Best Actress and helped assure that “this year’s final Oscar vote will be a referendum of sorts on Trump.”
“La La Land,” Damien Chazelle’s musical love letter to Los Angeles, is the clear favorite in this year’s Oscar race after earning 14 nominations, including nods for best picture, director, actor and actress.
As young artists on the hunt for love in “La La Land,” Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone romance their way through the Hermosa Beach pier, the SmokeHouse restaurant in Burbank and the Griffith Observatory at twilight.
Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” took almost six years to get to the screen and found the filmmaker sidetracked into making the short and feature-length versions of “Whiplash,” an Oscar winner that finally got the industry to take his aforementioned movie musical seriously.
If you were one of the relatively few people bewitched, bothered and bewildered when Damien Chazelle’s musical “La La Land” won a record seven Golden Globes a couple of weeks ago, you should probably avoid the news Tuesday morning when Oscar nominations are announced.