Damien Chazelle Becomes Youngest Best Director in Oscar History

“La La Land” writer-director breaks another record on historic night

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“La La Land” director Damien Chazelle on Sunday became the youngest Best Director in Oscar history.

The 32-year-old filmmaker breaks a record that’s held for 86 years.

While Chazelle is 32 years and 38 days old, the previous holder of the youngest director title was Norman Taurog, who won for “Skippy” way back in 1931 at the age of 32 years, 260 days in 1931.

Chazelle has racked up multiple prizes for his work on the modern-day muscial “La La Land,” including the Golden Globe, the BAFTA and the DGA awards.

The film also came into the Academy Awards with a record-tying 14 nominations, including for Best Picture and co-stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

“La La Land” won six awards, including for Best Picture and for Best Actress Emma Stone.

And it’s been a night of records. Viola Davis became the first black actor to win all three major acting prizes — the Oscar, Tony and Emmy. And the Academy rewarded five African Americans, the most ever in a single year, including Davis, Mahershala Ali, documentarian Ezra Edelman and “Moonlight” screenwriters Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney.