Every year, there seems to be at least one breakout film that sweeps the list of Oscar nominations. This year, that film is Damien Chazelle’s La La Land. The 14 nominations the film earned ties it with the record held by the iconic films Titanic (1997) and All About Eve (1950) for most nominations awarded to a single film.
In this musical, stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling find themselves struggling to find their big breaks in California, while simultaneously balancing their current jobs and love lives. Both were nominated for best actress and actor in a leading role, respectively. The entire movie is set to a score influenced heavily by jazz music, earning it one nomination for best original score and two for best original song (for “City of Stars” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”). In addition, the movie picked up nominations for sound editing and sound mixing.
Other nominations the movie received include best picture, cinematography, costume design, directing, film editing, production design, and original screenplay. If Chazelle does pick up the Oscar for directing, he will break the record for youngest director to win the award at age 32, which is currently held by Norman Taurog for Skippy (1931).
Although there is a lot of competition, La La Land seems to be favored to win at least half of the awards it has been nominated for. The movie already made history at the Golden Globes by winning all seven of the awards it was nominated for, breaking the record held by One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and Midnight Express (1978).
The 89th Academy Award show will air on ABC on February 26th.