Damien Chazelle Wins 2017 DGA Award For La La Land

At this point, if La La Land isn’t the big winner at the 89th Academy Awards, I’ll be extremely shocked. Some of the big accomplishments for the lavish musical including earning top honors at the PGA Awards and setting a record-breaking seven Golden Globe wins. Not to mention tying Titanic (1997) and All About Eve (1950) as the most-nominated films in Oscar history with 14 nominations.

The film’s latest major win is Best Director for Damien Chazelle at the all-important Director’s Guild of America Awards. Since the group’s first awards ceremony in 1948, only seven of its winners haven’t repeated at the Oscars.

In the past decade, only once has the DGA winner not matched up with the Oscar Best Director winner. That took place in 2013 when Ben Affleck won the DGA’s top prize for Argo but didn’t even snag an Academy Award nomination. In fact, three of the DGA’s nominees that year failed to make the Oscar list.

Another big winner of the night was Garth Davis. The Lion director lost to Chazelle in the main category but won Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Feature Film. Check out all the winners from this year’s awards below.

2017 DGA Winners

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Feature Film: Garth Davis, Lion

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series: Miguel Sapochnik, Game of Thrones, “Battle of the Bastards”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series: Becky Martin, Veep, “Inauguration”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series: Steven Zaillian, The Night of, “The Beach”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming: Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live, “Host: Dave Chappelle”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials: Glenn Weiss, The 70th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs: J. Rupert Thompson, American Grit, “The Finale – Over the Falls”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs: Tina Mabry, An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials: Derek Cianfrance, Chase for Nike Golf, Doubts for Powerade, Expectations for Powerade, Manifesto for Squarespace

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary: Ezra Edelman, O.J.: Made in America

Lifetime Achievement & Service Award Recipients: Ridley Scott (Lifetime Achievement Award in Feature Film), Jay D. Roth (DGA Presidents Award), Thomas Schlamme (Robert B. Aldrich Service Award), Marie Cantin (Frank Capra Achievement Award)