Published:  12:00 AM, 10 January 2017

'La La Land' waltzes off with big win at Golden Globes

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, winners for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Film for "La La Land" pose during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles Sunday.
Whimsical modern-day musical "La La Land" pirouetted its way into major Oscars contention Sunday as it swept the board at the Golden Globes, the glitziest party of the showbiz year. Damien Chazelle's nostalgic tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood musicals picked up all seven of the statuettes for which it was nominated -- giving the film momentum as it launches its campaign for next month's Academy Awards. Its success struck an optimistic note during a three-hour ceremony marked by impassioned political speeches voicing anxiety over Donald Trump's election following a campaign which stirred simmering racial tensions.

"This is a film for dreamers," said Emma Stone, who took home the prize for best actress in a musical/comedy for her role as aspiring actress Mia. "I think that hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world. And that's what this movie is about." Her co-star Ryan Gosling -- who plays jazz pianist Sebastian -- won best actor honors, while Chazelle took home prizes for best director and screenplay.

"La La Land" had earned awards for best original score and best song for "City of Stars" shortly after the glitzy ceremony began -- setting the tone for a record-breaking night. Prior to Sunday, the record for the most Globes was shared by the 1975 release "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and the 1978 movie "Midnight Express," with six wins apiece. Gosling joked about breaking up his statuette to share with Stone and Chazelle, before getting serious with a heartfelt tribute to his partner, the actress Eva Mendes.


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