‘La La Land’ Makes Damien Chazelle Youngest Best Director Winner in Oscars History

Damien Chazelle Oscar Win
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Damien Chazelle claimed the best director award at Sunday’s Oscars celebration for “La La Land.”

Chazelle ran through a list of thank yous from the Dolby Theatre stage, including one for his fellow contender, and the film’s composer, Justin Hurwitz, who won earlier in the evening. “Thank you for carrying this dream for me,” he said.


Janelle Monae, center, reacts as "Moonlight" is announced as the winner of best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Oscars: Damien Chazelle Becomes Youngest Best Director Winner for ‘La La Land’

The director concluded his speech by professing his love for his girlfriend, Olivia Hamilton who sat watching for the crowd. “This was a movie about love and I was lucky enough to fall in love while making it,” Chazelle said.

The original musical earned the 32-year-old filmmaker the title of youngest person to ever win the best director Academy Award. This on the heels of his movie musical tying the all-time record for Oscar nominations last month. He was already the favorite, having scored the most director wins on the critics awards circuit as well as Golden Globe and Directors Guild honors. Now he owns a unique place in Oscar history, bypassing “Skippy” director Norman Taurog, who had held the record for 86 years.

View the full list of winners from the 2017 Oscars here.

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  1. Lisa says:

    ‘Olivia Hamilton sat who watching from the crowd’. Because that’s all we women can do, is just sit and watch male directors collect their prizes!

  2. Orson Wells should have won best director when he did Citizen Kane when he was 21. But Hearst prevented it.

  3. Sara says:

    Must be shitty for his ex wife who helped make the film possible and only got a credit very last minute, after the film had been screening in theaters nationwide. He could’ve given her a shout-out.

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  5. You guys butchered the last name of Norman Taurog, who held the record of youngest Director to win an Oscar.

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