By rewriting the Hollywood musical, Chazelle has given us an alternative ending - one that does justice to the female character, and feels a lot less like 'La La Land' and a lot more like real life. Not sewn into a leather catsuit. Not half-naked. Not airbrushed. It's a 2016 musical that 1950s leading ladies would be proud of.
In the year that voted for Brexit and Trump, the year that took David Bowie, Alan Rickman, A. A. Gill, Leonard Cohen, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (and so very many more), and the year that snatched The Great British Bake Off from the BBC... no one has really been able to talk about anything else except for how bad it's been.
It reminds us that unity and communication is more relevant than ever. A simple, beautiful message. This is a film anyone and everyone should watch; even if you don't fully grasp everything at the time, there will still be an impact that will last for years to come. Unforgettable.
It really strikes you how special this awards show really is when you see people coming down from the dizzy heights of accepting their Oscar. They're on cloud nine and it's infectious excitement, you don't even know them, but you feel happy for their success. I certainly felt that way for the big surprise winner of the night, British actor Mark Rylance...
You'd think this conversation wouldn't need to happen at Smith's level of fame - but media training and Sam Smith are strangers across a crowded room. Not that you can be media-trained for the specific brand of "Did I really just say that?" that Smith does so well.
The average cost of a 30-second spot in this year's three-hour-plus telecast to be $1.9 million to $2 million, a double-digit bump versus last year and an all-time record, per Kantar Media figures. In the end, the total is expected to reach $114 million.
As I consider this year's winners, I think about how the they compare to previous years' nominees, as well as to overlooked and under-appreciated performers and filmmakers. So I compiled a list of my all-time, greatest, Best Ever Film Awards - the BEFAs. How have I compiled this list? Well, it's based on the impact of these films on my life...
Yes the night belonged to Leo DiCaprio who finally won an Oscar after like a gazillion years! But for me the icing on the cake for the 2016 Oscars was also the brilliant Chris Rock. The first time I met Chris he had me floored literally within five seconds of our encounter.
In the repetitive whitewashed sea of worthy, epic and cocksure movies of 2015 (aka #OscarsSoWhiteII), Sean Baker's Tangerine would have offered a winking, badass beacon of hope that the grubby glass ceiling could eventually cave in. Let's daydream for a moment on the Oscar nods Tangerine could have legitimately garnered and what this could have meant for the milky world of the film industry.
Oscars frenzy has well and truly taken over Los Angeles. And as the 2016 awards season comes to a close we wait in anticipation for the biggest show of them all, The 88th Academy Awards. For those of us lucky enough to work in the entertainment industry here in Hollywood it's the most exciting, if a little tiring, few weeks of the year...
The Revenant leads the pack with 12 nominations, ahead of Mad Max: Fury Road with 10 (oh my, a blockbuster??). Thing is, when the competition's this tight, how will you know for sure who's going to win? Let's take a look at the main categories.
There's a plethora of non-white talent in the UK that hasn't been viewed by the BRITs let alone the general public. If the awards focused on record quality, rather than record sales then acts like Boy Better Know, FKA Twigs and Kwabs would have received a gong by now.
What is a relatively new conversation publicly is far from that in the reality of our industry, but to be fair to BAFTA they have done a considerable amount to promote diversity behind the scenes including providing consistent support for the TriForce Short Film Festival, so fair play.
Do those guys really want all that stuff? They've probably got the best vibrators money can buy, boobs to die for and been on all the top walking tours already. Also another goody bag? Just add it to the super massive, awards season pile.
Why is there a huge reservoir of films based on books but rarely, if ever, an original movie that is subsequently turned into a novel? You may find a film-jacket edition on the shelves but never an original work. Books provide filmmakers with a solid foundation from which to start, and sometimes a track record of sales that suggests a ready-made audience.
Normally I stay for the quotes, the pop culture, the film techniques and references. Now I want to rewatch it for the character and plot development; even if it amounts to nothing more than a Western tinged big screen adaptation of Cluedo. But will fans of Tarantino applaud it? I doubt it...