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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 10:00 pm

'La La' the leader with 11 British Academy nods

Associated Press

The perky, pastel-hued jazz musical "La La Land" quick-stepped into an awards-season lead Tuesday, gaining 11 nominations for the British Academy Film Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Oscars.

The sweet-tempered Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone romance is up for best picture, director, actor and actress at the British awards, which are considered a strong indicator of likely success at Hollywood’s prize-giving next month.

The nominations add to the musical’s momentum after it won seven prizes at the Golden Globes on Sunday.

Philosophical sci-fi yarn "Arrival" and psychological thriller "Nocturnal Animals" have nine nominations each for the U.K prizes, known as BAFTAs.

Best-picture nominees are "La La Land," "Arrival," "I, Daniel Blake," "Moonlight" and "Manchester by the Sea."

For a full list of nominees, go to

Spotify recruiting the president

If Barack Obama is looking for a new job after Jan. 20, Spotify has a position that seems made just for him.

The streaming music service has posted a "President of Playlists" position on its career opportunities webpage.

Requirements for the position include "at least eight years experience running a highly-regarded nation" and a Nobel Peace Prize. Some of the responsibilities for the job are to "provide world-class leadership to our playlist editors and supporting staff" and use "all available intelligence" to analyze playlist data.

Just to make sure Obama saw the posting, Spotify’s founder and CEO, Daniel Ek, tweeted it to him Monday.

Obama hasn’t said if he’s interested.

TV host to play Burr in Chicago

Wayne Brady is about to get his shot in "Hamilton" – in Chicago.

Producers of the hit musical said Monday that the comedian and game show host will play Aaron Burr from Jan. 17 until April 9 at The PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago.

Brady won a Primetime Emmy Award for "Whose Line Is It Anyway" and a Daytime Emmy Award as host of his own talk show, "The Wayne Brady Show."

Brady is no stranger to the stage, making his Broadway debut in 2004 in "Chicago" and last year slipping into high heels to play Lola in "Kinky Boots."

Story Prize nominees

Rick Bass’ "For a Little While" is a finalist for the Story Prize, a $20,000 award established in 2004. The other nominees announced Tuesday were Helen Maryles Shankman for "They Were Like Family to Me" and Anna Noyes for the debut collection "Goodnight, Beautiful Women."

The winner will be announced March 8.