How 'La La Land' went from constant rejection to awards contention

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Sure, director Damien Chazelle's La La Land is a hit now with 14 Oscar nominations. But in the beginning, his dream of making an original musical seemed like it might be too crazy a gamble. Chazelle and his long-time friend and collaborator, composer Justin Hurwitz, tell us how they fought through setbacks to make one of this year's most formidable awards contenders.

Photo: La La Land director Damien Chazelle (L) and composer Justin Hurwitz at the film's premiere.



Kim Masters


Kaitlin Parker