If you saw this year’s Golden Globes, you know La La Land made a huge splash, taking home seven awards. But, there has been some backlash regarding the film’s success. And, that backlash may be the beginning of the end of meaningful award ceremonies, and that is incredibly unfortunate. Let’s talk about why the backlash occurred.
First, a quick non spoiler-review of La La Land. In short, it’s beautiful. The music is catchy and heartfelt (though the vocals are a bit rough at times), the cinematography is incredible, the acting is superb (Emma Stone gives one of her best performances ever), and all the throwbacks to old-school hollywood are fun. Go see it.
Okay, so what happened at the Golden Globes last week? Well, La La Land, as you might have heard, took a record seven awards home. Clearly, the journalists that make up the Hollywood Foreign Press very much fell in love with this little musical. But, instead of a growing sense of excitement at a sweep for the picture honoring classic tinseltown and underdogs, resentment spread rather quickly.
Critics, journalists and filmmakers all voiced their opinions during and after the ceremony, essentially lamenting the fact that La La Land did so well, when so many other pictures deserved awards.