The sound of La La Land

Director/writer Damien Chazelle’s musical La La Land has landed an incredible 14 Oscar nominations — in addition to many other award wins from around the globe. The story follows aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) who meets the struggling pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) at a dinner club, where he’s been fired from his gig playing tunes for indifferent diners. Mia throws out a compliment as Sebastian approaches, but he just breezes right past, ignoring her completely. Their paths cross again at a Los Angeles pool party, and this time Mia makes a lasting impression on Sebastian. They eventually fall in love, but their life together is complicated by the realities of making their own dreams happen.