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La La Land to Receive Vanguard Award at PSIFF

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The stars and director of ``La La Land'' are expected to be on hand to receive the Vanguard Award during the Palm Springs International Film Festival, organizers announced.

Director/writer Damien Chazelle's ``La La Land,'' set for release next month, tells the tale of a romance between an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) and a dedicated jazz musician (Ryan Gosling) in modern-day Los Angeles.

``Director and writer Damien Chazelle delivers a resonant cinematic masterpiece with `La La Land,''' said festival Chairman Harold Matzner. ``This visually stunning film pays tribute to classic Hollywood musicals with a contemporary love story driven by pitch-perfect performances by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone,'' he said. ``It is our honor to present the Vanguard Award to `La La Land.'''

Gosling, Stone and Chazelle are all expected to attend the festival's Awards Gala on Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Previously announced honorees include Tom Hanks, who will be given the Icon Award for his performance in ``Sully''; Casey Affleck, winner of the Desert Palm Achievement Award for his performance in ``Manchester by the Sea''; and Ruth Negga, the Rising Star Award recipient for ``Loving.''

The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will run from Jan. 2 through Jan. 16.

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