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Los Angeles mayor declares April 25 as "La La Land" day



Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday declared April 25 as "La La Land" day in front of the LA City Hall, in honor of this Oscar-winning movie which was filmed across Los Angeles.

The dedication ceremony kicked off by a jazz band, followed by aerial dancers dressed as the characters from the movie, performing a dance medley off the side of City Hall.

"It (La La Land) inspires our heart and inspires our city," Garcetti said at the announcement, "have a great La La Land Day, everybody."

After his speech, Garcetti played a few of the songs from the movie on a piano.

Hundreds of citizens joined for the festivities by the film's Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle, Oscar-winning composer Justin Hurwitz, and a few other filmmakers.

"We made this movie, we wanted to make a love letter to Los Angeles," producer Jordan Horowitz told Xinhua at the celebration, "thank you for embracing the picture that is about romance, and love and lacks any kind of cynicism, looks the world in a relative clear-eyed way."

"Nothing makes me happier than the fact that this movie has been embraced not just in Los Angeles, in the United States, but around the world," Horowitz said.

Starring by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, the movie-musical tells a love story of a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.

"La La Land" swept the 89th Academy Awards' winner list including the Best Director, Best Actress, Best Original Score and Best Original Song among other awards but failed to clinch the Best Film and Best Actor trophy. The film has grossed over 440 million U.S. dollars at the global market.

Xinhua / PNA  

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