Oscars 2017 Damien Chazelle wins Best Director for "La La Land"
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Feb 27, 2017,
Feb 27, 2017, 19:15
Damien Chazelle, director and writer of the critically-acclaimed film "La La Land" made history on Sunday at the Oscars. On Oscars night, Chazelle was 221 days younger than the previous record-holder, Skippy's Norman Taurog, who was also 32 when he won in 1931.
Chazelle, 32, is the youngest director victor in the 89-year history of the award show.
La La Land has now lost too many Oscars to break the record it was in line for. But the film's winning speeches came to a weird halt when it was announced that a mistake had been made and that "Moonlight" had actually won the top Oscar. The most it could take home, however, is 13 since two of its original songs are competing against each other.
Chazelle, who had been considered a favorite to win the award, receives the honor for "La La Land", a film that received a total of 14 Oscar nominations, including best picture and another nod for Chazelle for best original screenplay, matching the nominations record set by "All About Eve" in 1951.
Chazelle scooped up the Best Director award, beating Denis Villeneuve ('Arrival, ') Kenneth Lonergan ('Manchester by The Sea, ') Barry Jenkins ('Moonlight, ') and Hollywood veteran, Mel Gibson ('Hacksaw Ridge.').
She said: "To the women in this category - you were all so extraordinary and I look up to you and admire you".
The night's defining moments came from Gary from Chicago, who had Twitter ablaze during his appearance, and when "La La Land" was erroneously announced as the best picture victor.