Hollywood was aglow for the 89th Academy Awards on February 26. L.A.-based films were nominated for 20 awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Animated Feature.
In all, projects made in the Greater Los Angeles Region were honored with seven statuettes. The Oscar for Best Animated Feature went to Zootopia. In acceptance, the filmmakers expressed an interest in creating a film about humanity that would make the world a slightly better place.
La La Land was the 11th film to win six awards at the Oscars. The night’s honors included Best Direction: Damien Chazelle, the youngest Academy Award winning director to date. Other honors included Best Lead Actress: Emma Stone, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Original Score: Justin Hurwitz and Best Original Song for “City of Stars,” credited to the team of Hurwitz, Ben Pasek and Justin Paul.
“The Oscars capture so much of what I love about being Mayor of the world’s entertainment capital, and it was especially rewarding to see a love letter to L.A. take home six statuettes this year,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “But La La Land isn’t the only big winner — the Academy Awards delivers an estimated $200 million in economic activity for Los Angeles County, and our work to stop runaway production is bringing new hope and opportunity to the below-the-line workers who make the magic of Hollywood possible.”
Congratulations to all 2017 winners and nominees, and thank you for making L.A. shine!!