Oscars frontrunner La La Land has stepped up its preparation for the 89th Academy Awards by taking home the gong for best feature film at the 2017 Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards.
Director Damien Chazelle—born to an American-Canadian mother and a French-American father—received commendation for his work on the musical at the ceremony before appearing to take aim at President Donald Trump during his acceptance speech:
“I’m a movie maker because I love movies. I was three years old watching Cinderella on loop. I felt that movies were powerful because they speak to everyone: all countries all cultures.”
Trump recently saw his 90-day travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries suspended after issuing an executive order that left hundreds of would-be travellers suspended at airports across the United States.
La La Land tied the Oscars record for most awards nominations with 14 of its own ahead of this year’s Academy Awards, with the movie starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone expected to take home numerous accolades