By Rashidat Akashat With Agency Report
“La La Land” director Damien Chazelle 31, on Friday said he was shocked and honoured when he learned that his film had garnered 14 nominations at the Oscars.
Damien Chazelle’s fantastic tribute to Hollywood’s Golden Age of musicals topped the Academy Award nominations list on Tuesday, tying an all-time record set by “All About Eve” and “Titanic”.
“It was a little bit of a shock and it was a huge honour,” Chazelle said at a press conference a day after the film’s Japan premiere.
La La Land Scored Nods For 14 Best
The movie scored nods for best picture, best director and acting nominations for its two stars, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Its 10 other nominations came in nine categories.
“Ryan and I were staying in the same hotel when we found the news, so we were able to celebrate together with champagne,” Chazelle said.
Gosling stressed the “collaborative” nature of the production.
“If you’re lucky enough to be recognised in this way for your film in most cases only a few people are singled out,” the Canadian actor said.
“So to see so many our collaborators recognised just really made it that much more special.”
When asked about references he had infused into the production that was not noticed, Chazelle said he might have borrowed a clue from a Japanese yakuza movie from the 1960s.