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‘La La Land’s’ Damien Chazelle Wins Directors Guild Award


Damien Chazelle, the filmmaker behind “La La Land,” won the best feature prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards on Saturday night in Los Angeles, pushing the whimsical musical front-runner ever closer to a best picture Oscar win.

The awards doled out by the major industry groups, which include the actors’, producers’ and writers’ guilds, are strong predictors of eventual Oscar winners, and Mr. Chazelle’s victory also signals that he’ll probably prevail at the Academy Awards on Feb. 26 over Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”) and Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”) for best director.

While “La La Land,” which collected 14 Oscar nominations, tying the record held by both “All About Eve” and “Titanic,” was not a nominee for the top prize, best ensemble, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards – that went to “Hidden Figures” – it did prevail at the Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 28. At this stage of the race, it’s hard to imagine “La La” losing momentum.

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