At 32 years old, La La Land writer-director, Damien Chazelle became the youngest in history to ever win Best Director. The filmmaker broke a record that has stood for 86 years.
Chazelle’s much lauded modern-day musical was nominated across a record-tying 14 categories at the 89th Academy Awards. La La Land won six, including Best Actress for Emma Stone, Best Original Music Score and Best Cinematography.
As Stone accepted her Oscar for her role as Mia she thanked Chazelle, “for the opportunity to be part of a project that is so special and once-in-a-lifetime.”
O.J.: Made in America director Ezra Edelman took home the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. It was the first-ever nomination for the director and a history-making win. Edelman’s film became the first television show to earn an Academy Award, and with an epic run-time of nearly 8 hours the film is also now the longest Oscar-winning movie ever.
In his speech, Edelman thanked the Academy “for acknowledging this untraditional film” and for honoring the unconventional way he told the story in order to do it justice.