- Jeff Yang: "La La Land" is a pat on the back to itself that Hollywood doesn't deserve
- The popularity of its nostalgia prompts some uncomfortable questions, he writes
Jeff Yang is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and a frequent contributor to radio shows including Public Radio International's "The Takeaway" and WNYC's "The Brian Lehrer Show." He is the co-author of "I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action" and editor of the graphic novel anthologies "Secret Identities" and "Shattered." The views expressed are his own.
(CNN)The announcement that "La La Land" had received 14 Oscar nods — tying the record for most nominations for a single motion picture — was met with a sigh of resignation by those who found Damien Chazelle's wistful homage to the classic Hollywood musical overrated, cliché or simply put, kind of boring.