Damien Chazelle’s La La Land dominated the 74th annual Golden Globes, taking home a slew of awards including Best Director, Best Musical or Comedy and Best Screenplay.
Composer Justin Hurwitz won Best Score as well as Best Original Song for ‘City of Stars’, while its actual stars, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, won Best Actress and Best Actor trophies for their performances of star-crossed dreamers trying to make it in Los Angeles.
When accepting her award Stone said, “I think that hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world, and that’s what this movie is about.” Gosling echoed his co-star’s sentiment, saying “the thing that moved me so much about the film is this idea of the importance of pursuing a dream, despite the obstacles… it seems like a very appropriate time for that.”
With seven Golden Globes it was a record-breaking sweep for La La Land, being awarded more than any other film in the show’s history, with no film winning more than four Globes since 1979.
Chazelle, at 31, broke another record, becoming the youngest director to win the directing prize in Golden Globes history. “It feels incredible. I’m not sure. I think I’m still processing. This is my first time ever at the Golden Globes—I assume it doesn’t always go that way, so I’m not going to get used to it. But I was just so honored to be here at all, so to now actually be here on this stage and with the people I made this movie with—I think the thing I was most excited about was getting to see Justin [Hurwitz], who I went to college with and met in a college band and talked about movies with, to see him on that stage, I think maybe that was actually the single greatest moment for me,” he said.