‘La La Land’ nabs more stat­ues with win at DGA

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

“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.”

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