The film reunites Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling onscreen for the third time

By Jodi Guglielmi
September 19, 2016 12:30 PM
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The votes are in and La La Land is the official winner of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival‘s coveted People’s Choice Award.

The musical drama, which is directed by Damien Chazelle, reunites Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling onscreen for the third time as a pair of star-crossed lovers trying to make their relationship work as they both pursue careers in Hollywood.

The second runner-up for the award was Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel’s Lion.

The People’s Choice Award is given to the movie with the highest ratings as voted by festivalgoers.

The annual festival has a tendency to predict the Academy Awards best picture nominees, so La La Land‘s big win could potentially lead to Oscar nomination. And the melodious romp is already earning praise for its stars: Stone won the Volpi Cup for best actress at the 73rd Venice Film Festival for her turn as Mia.

Since the festival’s inception in 1978, 13 People’s Choice Award winners have gone on to be nominated for Best Picture. Five of them have won – most recently, Slumdog Millionaire in 2008, The King’s Speech in 2010 and 12 Years a Slave in 2013. Last year’s winner, Room, scored Brie Larson a Best Leading Actress Oscar win.