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La La Land: Dancing Into the Oscars

Ready the lights and camera because the 89th Annual Academy Awards are swinging into action. Jimmy Kimmel will host a night filled with big stars and plenty of anticipation. With celebrities like Ryan Gosling, Meryl Streep, Mel Gibson, and many more, this will be a night to remember.

On Sunday, February 26th, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, the Oscars will reveal the winners for Best Picture, Actor and Actress in Leading Roles, Best Animated Feature Film, Cinematography, Directing, Film Editing, and many more. La La Land, directed by Damien Chazelle, is up for 12 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. “... I am so grateful for this honor and I'm so happy to share this feeling with my 'La La Land' family. The greatest part of life is connecting with people, and I love the deeply talented, kind and passionate people I was lucky enough to work with on this movie...” said Emma Stone in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times.

“I am excited to see how well Hidden Figures does, as that was my favorite movie that was nominated,” said Natalie DeRoche, KM Express’ senior co-editor. Hidden Figures is up for three nominations; Best Picture, Writing (Adapted Screenplay), and Actress in a Supporting Role.

Opposed to last year, the 2017 Academy Awards has more diversity, both in front and behind the camera. At the previous Academy Awards ceremony, host Chris Rock poked fun at the lack of diversity and brought attention to what was going on in the media in regards to the “Oscars whiteout”. You can read more about it here.

The art of film is something to be celebrated and recognized, and the Academy Awards does an extraordinary job of this every year. Film is a way to convey emotions and send important messages to the world about humanity. This year’s Oscars ceremony is sure to be a reflection of that.


Holly Myers

March, 2017