Oscars 2017: La La Land's 'City of Stars' Wins Best Original Song

- "La La Land" actually swept this year's music categories; it also won for Best Original Score.

Despite the film's contemporary setting, Hurwitz gave a retro Hollywood sound to "La La Land", which led the night's nominations.

"I just put notes on pages", said Hurwitz, after accepting his Oscar.

Justin Hurwitz, the Nicolet High School grad who took piano lessons at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, won Oscars Sunday night for best original score and best song for "La La Land".

The song "City Of Stars" was featured in the movie and was listed on most of the movie's print adverting.

Another song from the movie, Audition (The Fools Who Dream), was also nominated for Original Song.

During his thank-you speech, the La La Land composer thanked director Damien Chazelle, saying, "I'm so glad I met you".

"It's unreal; I'd say he works a good 100 hours a week".

Solo pieces by Sebastian, a professed jazz purist, could have been heard in a real jazz club - and Gosling learned to play for the role; the larger score reinforces those songs by subtly bringing in jazz touches. Aged 32 Hurwitz previously had worked on music for the movies "Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench" (2009) and "Whiplash" (2014).

  • Salvatore Jensen