MILLER TIME FILM PREVIEW: Oscar front-runner is here

Ryan Gosling (The Notebook) and Emma Stone (Birdman) headline as a jazz musician and aspiring actress respectively in La La Land.  Photo supplied.
Ryan Gosling (The Notebook) and Emma Stone (Birdman) headline as a jazz musician and aspiring actress respectively in La La Land. Photo supplied.

LA LA LAND (CERTIFICATE 12A, SOUTH HOLLAND CENTRE SPALDING, UNTIL THURSDAY)

The front-runner for Academy Awards’ gongs (which notched a four-star review on these very pages a couple of weeks back) is this musical drama from the director of Whiplash.

La La Land notched a record-breaking seven awards at the Golden Globes and dominated the BAFTAs last weekend.

Ryan Gosling (The Notebook) and Emma Stone (Birdman) – who both took the Best Acting nods for a Musical or Comedy at the Globes, while Stone also won a Best Actress BAFTA – headline as a jazz musician and aspiring actress respectively.

They are soon faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair as the dreams they worked so hard to maintain threaten to tear them apart.

This drama is interspersed with musical interludes that pays homage to Hollywood’s “Golden era”.