“La La Land” won the Academy Award for Best Picture last night — until it didn’t.
But the old-fashioned, new-fangled musical about hopes and dreams still picked up an admirable 6 Oscars.
And — in addition to Staples High School graduate Justin Paul — there in Los Angeles to share in the glory was Westporter Joelle Berger. Her son Fred was a “La La Land” producer.
When she flew to California for the 89th annual ceremony, she did not go empty-handed.
Mom brought along a special treat: a chocolate creation of a scene from the movie, hand-crafted by Le Rouge owner Aarti Khosla.
Fred Berger had just finished his acceptance speech, when fellow producer Jordan Horowitz announced that, actually, “Moonlight” was the Oscar winner.
Publicly Fred, Justin and the rest of the cast were gracious winners/losers.
I have no idea what went on afterward, backstage. But hopefully they had a chance to drown their disappointment in chocolate.