Audition (The Fools Who Dream)

"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" is a song from the film La La Land (2016). The music of the song was composed by Justin Hurwitz while the lyrics were provided by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.[1] In the film, the song is performed by Emma Stone. It received a nomination for Best Original Song at the 89th Academy Awards.[2]

"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)"
Song by Emma Stone
from the album La La Land: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Composer(s)Justin Hurwitz


Justin Hurwitz, the composer of the song, discussed the inspiration of the song:[3]

[The song is] probably my favorite song in the movie. Compositionally, I'm more proud of that than any other song. Lyrically, it speaks to me quite a bit as a creative person in L.A. [...] And it came from a very pure place. With a lot of the other songs there was a lot of conversation leading up to them. There was a lot of back-and-forth with demos, loosely listening to references to get inspired. For "Audition", I wasn't really listening to anything. I wasn’t really trying to sound like anything. I was just composing at the piano, and for that reason, I think the song comes from a very pure place and I felt like I was really composing from a place of emotion.


Award Category Result Ref(s)
89th Academy Awards Best Original Song Nominated [2]
22nd Critics' Choice Awards Best Song Nominated [4]
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Best Song Won [5]

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (2017) Peak
France (SNEP)[6] 119
Scotland (OCC)[7] 99

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (November 17, 2016). "Listen to 'City of Stars' From the 'La La Land' Soundtrack, Arriving Dec. 9". Variety. Retrieved January 9, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Oscar Nominations 2017: See the Full List". Vanity Fair. January 24, 2017. Retrieved January 24, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Tapley, Kristopher (August 31, 2016). "'La La Land' Composer Justin Hurwitz Details the Film's Songwriting Process". Variety. Retrieved January 14, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly; Shanley, Patrick (December 11, 2016). "Critics' Choice Awards: The Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 24, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "2016 StLFCA Annual Award Nominations". St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association. December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP (Week 5, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved February 4, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 28, 2017.

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