Benj Pasek

Credit: Matthew Murphy

Benj Pasek (an Ardmore native) and Justin Paul—best friends from their days at the University of Michigan—won a 2017 Academy Award for writing the lyrics to the song "City of Stars" from the hit film La La Land. They're also Golden Globe winners! And now... they can add Tony awards to the mantle, including the 2017 Tony for Best Musical.

When songwriter and Ardmore native Benj Pasek accepted an Academy Award in February for writing the lyrics (with songwriting partner Justin Paul) to "City of Stars" from the movie La La Land, he gave an unforgettable shout-out to his mom, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek.