Cannes 2017 came to an end today and my oh my what an interesting year it has been (despite my lack of entries since I was not there and therefore I can’t comment on that). The 70th edition finished in a very unconventional way, much like its jury President, Pedro Almodóvar, with many additional prizes being awarded, including a tie for Best Screenplay and a special prize for Nicole Kidman, who is clearly having the time of her life (and we love it).
As you may well know by now, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land is filled with movie references and most importantly, classic musical references, which is basically one of the reasons the film has been critically acclaimed. In fact, it takes a cinephile to compile such amazing yet eclectic musicals from both Hollywood and France, and turn it into a modern tribute to movie magic. But what movies are referenced? In this article my aim is to not only list them but give a brief synopsis about each of them, and as a musical enthusiast add my unsolicited opinion and some interesting trivia.
Academy Members joined Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs in the announcement of this year’s Academy Awards nominations. Breaking with tradition, the presentation did not follow the typical press conference format, with invited journalists, but instead was broadcasted live worldwide via different outlets, including Oscars.org: a new format for a new generation. Actors and other industry professionals were invited to talk about their experiences as Oscar nominees and winner, a format I consider way better than two actors on a stage reading names in front of journalist. The Academy is doing is best to be fresh and young, and leaving behind its image of traditional institution out of touch with younger generations of viewers.