The Westport connections to “La La Land” just keep on coming.
In his Academy Award acceptance speech last night for Best Original Score, Justin Hurwitz — who wrote the music that Staples High School graduate Justin Paul helped pen the lyrics for — thanked Erik Feig.
He’s the president of Lionsgate’s motion picture group — and a “La La Land” production executive.
He’s also a Staples High School Class of 1988 graduate.
And … before we finish our Oscar stories (which are taking only slightly longer to post than the ceremony itself), here’s one more.
In a backstage interview last night — held while the awards were still being presented, which is why everyone spoke so quietly — Paul praised Staples Players director David Roth, and Coleytown Middle School director Ben Frimmer by name. That followed his prime-time shoutout to the arts education he received in his home town.
Click here for that video. (And scroll down — it’s the 2nd one).