The Los Angeles–based musical, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, has been nominated for 14 Academy Awards, it was announced Tuesday. The only other films to have ever received as many nominations are 1950’s “All About Eve” and 1997’s “Titanic.”
“I am so grateful for this honor and I’m so happy to share this feeling with my ‘La La Land’ family,” said “La La Land” actress Emma Stone, who was nominated for Best Actress. “I’m also overjoyed that the movie has connected with audiences in the way it has, and that it’s hopefully putting a kick in their step to those who watch it. This is beyond any of our wildest imaginings and we can’t wait to celebrate together.”
The film was nominated for Best Picture, Directing, Best Actor, Best Actress, Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Production Design, Costume Design, Original Score, Original Screenplay, Film Editing and for two original songs: “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” and “City of Stars.”
“I am so humbled and grateful for the nominations,” “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle said in a statement. “I am thrilled that the Academy is celebrating the work of Emma and Ryan, who brought these characters to life with such humanity and depth, and also the work of my college roommate Justin who created the beautiful music.”
To beat the record for the most awards at the Oscars next month, “La La Land” will have to nab 12. The current record for most awards won by a single film stands at 11, which has been done three times: by “Ben-Hur” in 1960, “Titanic” in 1998 and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” in 2004.
“La La Land,” which was written and directed by Damien Chazelle, follows the love affair of jazz pianist Sebastian (Gosling) and actress Mia (Stone) as they struggle to get what they want out of their own careers.
The film has been applauded as a throwback to classic Hollywood movies like “Singin’ in the Rain,” as well as for its beautiful representation of Los Angeles.