Mark Burnett

'La La Land's' Damien Chazelle wins Directors Guild prize as politicized Oscar season continues

'La La Land's' Damien Chazelle wins Directors Guild prize as politicized Oscar season continues

Saturday night in Beverly Hills, “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle took home the top honor at the 69th annual Directors Guild of America Awards, further cementing his front-runner status going into this month’s Oscars.

“I wrote this movie six years ago in a very different time, in what seemed for me a more hopeful time in the world,” Chazelle said backstage, addressing national anxieties under President Trump that have seeped into Hollywood’s glitzy awards season. “I would hope that the movie gives some kind of hope.”

DGA President Paris Barclay set the tone for a politicized show at the top of the non-televised awards, held inside the Beverly Hilton...

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