April in Glenwood: Oscar dreams come true in ‘La La Land’
‘La La Land’ nominations
Thanks to choreographer Mandy Moore, “La La Land” has Colorado connections. These are the categories in which the film is nominated:
Actor in a Leading Role (Ryan Gosling)
Actress in a Leading Role (Emma Stone)
Music (Original Score)
Music (Original Song): “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”
Music (Original Song): “City of Stars”
Writing (Original Screenplay)
Sunday is Oscars night, and you bet your golden naked guy statuette I’ll be watching. It’s one of my favorite nights of the year.
And a great excuse for a party.
Although I’ll likely be tuning in from bed in my new pajama pants from Christmas, I’m still feeling festive about Hollywood’s big night. I enjoy all the red-carpet hoopla and pre-show interviews with the stars. I’m a sucker for the elegant pomp and circumstance that defines the show, especially when it comes to gown choices and tuxedo styles. One of my dream jobs — I have many because I’m a dreamer — would be stylist to the stars, particularly for Oscars night.
My Barbies were always well-dressed with original designs by my mom.
I also liked to dress my cat Tiger up in baby dresses when I was a little girl, so I’ve obviously been channeling my calling as a fashionista for some time now. If I were to dress celebrities for the Oscars, I’d choose Valentino or Dior couture for the women and the classic black Armani tuxedo for either gender. I would love to walk the red carpet in a perfectly tailored tux — the most formal of the pant-suit revolution — paired with patent leather Christian Louboutin stilettos and Harry Winston Diamonds.
Now I’m really dreaming.
I think that’s why fans of cinema such as myself enjoy tuning into the Academy Awards. They’re the stuff artists’ dreams are made of, and a timeless representation of how film affects us all. The annual awards, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, were first presented in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. That makes the Oscars the oldest entertainment awards ceremony. The first broadcast was via radio in 1930 and was first televised in 1953. Today, the glitzy show is viewed live online and in more than 200 countries.
To say all the world will be watching Sunday is fairly accurate.
This year is the 89th Academy Awards ceremony, and Jimmy Kimmel is set to host. I like Jimmy, and think he’s funny, so we will see how he spoofs 2016’s best movies and tackles the current political climate. I’m sure there will be plenty of humor.
We all need laughter.
One of my new favorite movies, “La La Land,” is up for a historic 14 Oscar nominations, and is expected to sweep many of its categories. I saw it in the theater, still a special place for me to enjoy a movie. There’s something about the aroma of buttered popcorn wafting through the air while settling into reclining theater seats and watching art come to life on the big screen that reminds me of how magical life is. With cinematography and choreography that hearkens back to the old Hollywood days of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire movies, “La La Land” felt much like stepping back in time, even though the film takes place in present day Hollywood.
I still have the “City of Stars” theme song stuck in my head.
I unfortunately didn’t get out to see many movies in 2016, outside of “La La Land,” “Star Wars: Rogue One” and “Bad Moms.” I would nominate the latter for a best comedy Oscar, if that were possible, for the grocery store scene alone. I laughed out loud along with fellow moviegoers, and that doesn’t happen all that often in a theater setting. Many of my Oscars picks are based on what I’ve heard from friends who saw the movies or reviews online.
I should have seen “Lion,” “Loving” and “Hidden Figures” when I had the chance.
I’m hoping Octavia Spencer wins Best Actress in a Supporting Role for “Hidden Figures,” although I’m also pulling for Nicole Kidman in “Lion.” For Best Actress in a Lead Role, Meryl Streep is always a favorite of mine, because she is definitely not “overrated,” but I’m also a fan of Emma Stone in “La La Land.” Ruth Negga in “Loving” seems deserving, too. For Actor in a Supporting Role, I pick Dev Patel in “Lion” or Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight.” If “La La Land” follows in its Golden Globes path, Ryan Gosling might win for Actor in a Lead Role from “La La Land,” and I could get behind that. Although Denzel Washington seemed to nail his role in “Fences.” Best Picture might be “La La Land” after all, but we could see a surprise ending with “Moonlight” or “Manchester by the Sea” as the big winner of the golden naked guy statuette.
No matter how it ends, I can’t wait to watch.
April E. Allford would wear a red gown or gold tux to the Oscars if she were invited. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edited at 3:08 p.m. Feb. 24 to correct the spelling of Octavia Spencer’s name.
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