Is 'La La Land' one of the best films of all time?

Feb 23, 2017

If you’re using Oscar nominations as a reference, La La Land is one of the best films in history, with 14 nominations.

Only two other films— All About Eve and Titanic— have been nominated 14 times by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 

Meg Weichman, the Creative Director for the Traverse City Film Festival, enjoyed the film, but wants to hold off judging it as one of the best ever.

“I’ve always advocated maybe for doing an Oscar ceremony like 10 years later and seeing how films stand the test of time."

Three films are tied for the record number of Oscar wins with 11; Ben-Hur, Titanic, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Meg doesn’t foresee La La Land breaking or tying that record, but she does see the musical flick having a good night on Sunday.

“It embodies the movies in the popular imagination,” she explains. “It makes sense that the Academy would be so loving towards a film like that.” 

For the record, the most successful musical at the Academy Awards was West Side Story in 1962. It picked up 10 golden statues.

You can walk the red carpet and watch the Oscars at the State Theatre in Traverse City on Sunday night. The event includes all-you-can-eat pizza, free popcorn, and free drinks— but note you do have to buy tickets.