‘La La Land’ nabs more statues with win at DGA
“La La Land” director Damien Chazelle waltzed off with the top honour at the Directors Guild of America Awards, Saturday. It’s the latest stop on the ebullient musical’s journey to the Oscars, but it wasn’t all song and dance at the annual awards ceremony in Beverly Hills. The evening also took on a more sombre, urgent note as many directors and presenters also grappled with President Donald Trump’s refugee and immigration ban.
“I wanted to celebrate the act of dreaming and what art means. Art does connect people and transcend borders,” Chazelle said. “I want to be part of that transnational dialogue of movies.”
At 32-years-old, Chazelle, a first-time nominee, is the youngest ever recipient of the DGA feature film award which all but guarantees an eventual Oscar win on Feb. 26.
Rarely has the DGA winner not gone on to win the directing prize at the Academy Awards. “La La Land” recently won the top honour at the Producers Guild Awards and is nominated for a record-tying 14 Oscars.
Earlier in the evening “La La Land” stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling presented Chazelle with the directing medallion. While singing his accolades, like the fact that he shot the musical in 40 days using 35mm film, 93 locations and 1600 extras, Gosling also joked that Chazelle “directed his own birth in a single take.”