Musical 'La La Land' becomes most-honored film ever at 2017 Golden Globes

'La' has now won the most Golden Globes in the history of the ceremony. What is helping the film starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling succeed during the awards season so far?

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'La La Land' stars Emma Stone (l.) and Ryan Gosling (r.).

It was another night of wins for the acclaimed musical “La La Land,” with the movie now having received the most Golden Globe Awards of any film in the history of the prizes. 

“La,” which is directed by Damien Chazelle and stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a couple who begin a romance in contemporary Los Angeles, achieved this feat by winning prizes such as the Golden Globe for best musical or comedy, best director for Mr. Chazelle, best actor in a musical or comedy for Mr. Gosling, and best actress in a musical or comedy for Ms. Stone. 

“La La Land” won seven awards total, which bested previous wins by “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) and “Midnight Express” (1978), both of which won six Golden Globes. 

The film has been viewed as a top awards season contender and is expected to pick up multiple nominations when the Oscar nominations are announced on Jan. 24. It has previously won awards such as the movie of the year prize from the American Film Institute and the best film award from the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards. It is nominated for many others, including prizes at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. 

What is helping “La La Land” succeed during the awards season so far?

Los Angeles Times writer Glenn Whipp writes that the movie is simply a fun, sweet story that wins over viewers. “This particular musical possesses a power and charm that has a way of burrowing into people’s hearts,” he writes.

Telegraph writer Robbie Collin agreed, writing, “Frame the result as show-business’s push back against the joylessness of American politics, or a groggy-headed yearning for the old times if you like. For me, it’s just rightful recognition of a film that sends you out of the cinema with tears in your eyes, a song in your heart, and a clear six inches of thin air between the soles of your shoes and the pavement.”

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