Academy embarrasses itself with 14 ‘La La Land’ nominations


“Titanic.” “All About Eve.” “La La Land”?

Proving yet again that Oscar voters are primarily interested in movies that celebrate the industry all Oscar voters work in, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences embarrassed itself by giving a record-tying 14 nominations to “La La Land,” a fond but so-so pastiche of great musicals that is now inexplicably keeping company with some of Hollywood’s greatest films.

“La La Land” got more nominations than “Gone with the Wind,” “Casablanca,” “The Godfather,” “Schindler’s List,” “Return of the King,” “Ben-Hur”. . . I could go on for quite a while because “La La Land” got more nominations than any film ever made, except for those two I mentioned up top.

Plagued by mediocre songs, a kewpie-doll lead performance by Emma Stone, a flat one by Ryan Gosling and the nonstop sensation that every idea the film has was better executed in the movies it’s imitating, “La La Land” isn’t nearly the best picture of this year, much less one of the all-time greats.

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