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Oscars 2017: Emma Stone proves she’s the top with lead actress nomination for ‘La La Land’


For as much as “La La Land” is a throwback to the mainstage musicals of yore, star Emma Stone has the trappings of a Freed Unit starlet who shines brightest when playing characters caught in the sometimes bracing glow of the footlights.

But the silver screen has always served as a siren song for the native of Scottsdale, Ariz.,  who at 14  pitched her parents a Power Point presentation aimed at relocating to California where she could pursue a career in acting, a dream she made reality in 2004.

Stone made her debut on the main stage in 2007’s buddy comedy “Superbad,” starring Michael Cera and Jonah Hill, before starring with Jesse Eisenberg in 2009’s horror comedy “Zombieland.” However, it wasn’t until her star turn in 2010’s “Easy A” —  a modern retelling of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” — that Stone came into her own as a sultry yet fresh comedic star.

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