‘La La Land’ Breaks Golden Globes Record With 7 Prizes

Best Picture – Musical or Comedy Winner passes “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Midnight Express” with clean sweep

“La La Land” has just set the Globes’ all-time record, as Lionsgate’s musical love note to the City of Angels claimed seven of seven trophies with its win for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

“La La Land” claimed hardware in every other category for which it was nominated earlier in the evening: Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (Ryan Gosling), Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (Emma Stone), Best Director (Damien Chazelle), Best Screenplay (Chazelle), Best Original Score (Justin Hurwitz) and Best Original Song (Hurwitz et al for “City of Stars.”)

Chazelle’s musical entered Sunday night as a heavy favorite in almost every category it was nominated in, earning the highest number of nomination for any film this year.

The Golden Globes show itself opened with a tribute set to a medley of the film’s musical numbers, featuring host Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, Tina Fey and friends.

The “La La Land” awards sweep is a stunning achievement considering the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s usual reluctance to give a single film such a concentration of trophies.

“The Social Network,” which came out in 2009, was the last film to win more than three Globes, and the previous all-time record of six, since topped by “La La Land,” hadn’t been reached since 1978. That year, “Midnight Express” won six awards, three years after “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” first achieved that feat.