Oscars: Damien Chazelle becomes the youngest person to win Best Director award for La La Land

By Kristen Stephenson
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While an awkward mix-up during the announcement for the Best Picture award may have stolen the headlines, last night's Oscars ceremony also served up a piece of record-breaking movie history.
 
Aged just 32 years and 38 days Damien Chazelle's honour for the musical La La Land saw him become the Youngest person to win an Academy Award/Oscar for Best Director
 
Chazelle had been up against Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), and Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) for the coveted title at the 89th annual Academy Awards . 
 
His achievement breaks a record that had been held for 86 years, by the late American film director and screenwriter Norman Taurog, who won the award in 1931 for helming the comedy Skippy.
 
Despite his relative youth, Chazelle already has already played a hand in a string of successful movies, having directed Whiplash, which was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar last year, while also serving as writer on 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Last Exorcism Part II. 
 
Expectations were high for La La Land to do well Sunday's ceremony, having already set a new record for Most Golden Globes Awards won by a film, as well as Most Oscar nominations for a film with 14. 
 
On the night the musical romantic comedy managed five golden statuettes in the categories for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Emma Stone), Best Cinematography (Linus Sandgren), Best Music - Original Score (Justin Hurwitz), Best Music - Original Song (“City of Stars”), and Best Production Design (David Wasco).