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“I hadn’t been to L.A. in, like, two months at that point. I had been traveling overseas,” [Jenkins] says after having seen his downtown Los Angeles apartment building featured in the opening sequence of “La La Land”. “It made me feel nostalgic for L.A., which I have never felt.

Chazelle, meanwhile, was floored by “Moonlight,” just like the rest of the festival audience. “You could feel it,” says Chazelle. “It was so beautiful.

—  'La La Land’s’ Damien Chazelle & ‘Moonlight’s’ Barry Jenkins Oscars Cover Shoot