‘La La Land’ wins top prize at film fes­ti­val

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FEATURES - By Rob Gil­lies The As­so­ci­ated Press

TORONTO >> The top award at the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val went Sun­day to Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land,” a mod­ern-day mu­si­cal star­ring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling that’s been the sen­sa­tion of the fall film fes­ti­val cir­cuit.

The film re­ceived the fes­ti­val’s Peo­ple’s Choice Award, which is deter­mined by au­di­ence vot­ing. “La La Land” is ex­pected to be a top con­tender for the Best Pic­ture Os­car.

Toronto’s au­di­ence award has pre­vi­ously been a har­bin­ger of awards sea­son suc­cess. Past win­ners in­clude “12 Years a Slave” and “The King’s Speech.”

The film, sched­uled for De­cem­ber re­lease, stars Stone as an as­pir­ing ac­tress in Los Angeles who, in be­tween soul-crush­ing au­di­tions, meets a jazz pi­anist (Gosling) try­ing to stay true to the mu­sic he’s de­voted him­self to.

Since pre­mier­ing at the Venice Film Fes­ti­val, “La La Land” has been an an­swer to those who say movies aren’t what they once were and that tele­vi­sion is bet­ter now.

Chazelle wrote the script to “La La Land” about six years ago, but his pleas to make the film went unan­swered un­til his 2014 break­through, the Os­car-win­ning “Whiplash,” about an as­pir­ing jazz drum­mer.

Stone, who won best ac­tress at Venice, pre­vi­ously starred with Gosling, a na­tive Canadian, in “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”

The prize for the fes­ti­val’s Plat­form side­bar of in­ter­na­tional films was awarded to Chilean di­rec­tor Pablo Lar­raín for “Jackie,” the Jac­que­line Kennedy biopic star­ring Natalie Port­man.

Raoul Peck won the Peo­ple’s Choice documentary award for “I Am Not Your Ne­gro,” which tracks the lives and as­sas­si­na­tions of Martin Luther King Jr., Mal­colm X and Medgar Evers.

The Toronto Film Fes­ti­val wrapped Sun­day af­ter 10 days of red-car­pet pre­mieres.

CHRIS YOUNG — THE CANADIAN PRESS VIA AP, FILE

In a file photo, Ryan Gosling, right, and Emma Stone ar­rive on the red car­pet for the film “La La Land” dur­ing the 2016 Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in Toronto. The top award at the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val was awarded Sun­day, Sept. 18, to Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land”, a mod­ern-day mu­si­cal star­ring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

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