And the Oscar goes to..


What a night! The 89th Edition of the Oscars will surely be remembered for the years to come, with an unprecedented gaffe when they pulled a Steve Harvey and announced the wrong winner.

I’ll be honest here, I was gutted to learn that La La Land, a tell-tale movie of passionate dancing, lost the Best Picture Award to Moonlight. Nevertheless, Moonlight is a movie about identity, sexuality, family, and masculinity – all themes which the world of dance celebrates, so I’m happy with the result.

Still, La La Land, considered by many a forerunner in the Oscar race, managed to hoard a good six nominations: Best Actress Award goes to the beautiful Emma Stone, Best Director Award for Damien Chazelle, Best Song Award for the City of Stars piece, and it also received Best Score award, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.

Yes, it did receive backlash – it was labelled a cliché remake of a movie within a movie, and accused of “ideological snobbery” for portraying jazz cultural debate as a sell-out compromise to earn a living from the main all-white young pianist played by Ryan Gosling.

And maybe, these criticisms are not unfounded. Still, this movie will likely become our must-watch at Christmas time for the years to come – it is a wonderful nostalgic reference to classic movies which inspired Director Damien Chazelle, who in turn masterfully weaved in their influence into its plot.

It wasn’t merely the costumes that the creators paid special attention to, camera shots were taken in a specific manner, directly mirroring the scenes from iconic MGM films. Indeed, the film makes great use of semiotics, weaving in symbols and signs that we associate with a bygone era, and thus transporting us back in time. In light of this, it is hard to resist a film that evokes the feelings we associate with the great classics.

Perhaps one of its greatest strengths, as many have commented, is the chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Emma stone, which was organic and undeniable – their performance echoes electricity found between legendary couples of the past, like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

Both Moonlight and La La Land provided a powerful critique at a time when race, migration and class ideology are dominating everyday life, and much of this unsettling feeling was echoed during the period preceding the Oscars itself. I believe that Moonlight was in part a reflection and a response to the anti-migrant feeling which has been bolstered in the U.S.  What the world needs right now are dreams and hopes and as Mia (Emma Stone) sang during her audition scene… Here’s to the ones who dream, foolish as they may seem!

May the twinkle toes fever rub on your feet and inspire you to start your own La La Land dream! Happy Dancing!

Passion4dance is dance club run by Jean –Claude Dimech, for further information contact on or call 79872605 to experience the magic of dance.


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