Chazelle beat Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By the Sea) and Barry Jenkins (Moonlight).
Damien Chazelle wins Best Director for "La La Land"
Damien Chazelle has won the 2017 Oscars Best Director for the critically acclaimed "La La Land," becoming the youngest to win the award.
Chazelle's win makes him the youngest director to win an Academy Award. The previous youngest was Norman Taurog, who won for "Skippy" at the age of 32.
The musical stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in lead roles, and follows a musician Sebastian, and an aspiring actress Mia, who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles.
"La La Land" is Chazelle’s third film as a director. He made his directorial debut in 2009 with "Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench," and in 2014, he returned with "Whiplash."
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