The city of stars is shining just for La La Land.
Damien Chazelle’s swoon-worthy musical can add the Academy Award for best original song to its accolades, winning for “City of Stars.” Composer Justin Hurwitz and lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul penned the gorgeous track, with Ryan Gosling performing the song in the film.
After thanking his family and colleagues, Paul noted, “I was educated in public schools where arts and culture were recognized and valued.”
When Pasek took the mic, he honored his mother: “She let me quit the JCC soccer league to be in a school musical, so this is dedicated to all the kids who sing in the rain and all the moms who let them.”
Hurwitz, Pasek, and Paul were also nominated for the La La Land song “Audition (The Fools Who Dream).” “City of Stars” beat out “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana, “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from Trolls, and “The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story.