La La Land Wins Six Awards at the Oscars
“La La Land” went into the Oscars with a leading 14 nominations and emerged with six, including for its score and theme song “City of Stars.”
“La La Land” director Damien Chazelle, 32, became the youngest person to ever win a best director Oscar.
Throughout the evening, the Lionsgate musical won the Oscars for best director, actress, production design, cinematography, score and original song.
It fared well in comparison to its fellow record holders for most nominations, as All About Eve also took home six Oscars in 1951. Yet Titanic is one of a few films that hold the record for the most Oscars won by a film: 11 wins, an achievement also attained only by Ben-Hur and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
The other films that have won six Oscars are The Hurt Locker, Forrest Gump, Chicago, Mrs. Miniver, The Godfather, Part II, Star Wars, A Place in the Sun, An American in Paris and A Man for All Seasons. Eleven films have previously won seven Oscars, eight films have won eight, three films have won nine and one film has won ten awards in a single year.
Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, La La Land centers on an aspiring actress and a jazz musician as they pursue their dreams in Los Angeles. John Legend and J.K. Simmons are also featured among the cast. Writer-director Chazelle and his longtime friend Justin Hurwitz (who also composed Whiplash) first explored the modern movie-musical concept in their senior thesis at Harvard, and added lyrics penned by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
After garnering critical acclaim throughout the festival circuit, La La Land won the Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics’ Choice and guild awards. So far, the film has grossed $368 million at the worldwide box office and inspired the development of a new wave of movie-musicals.