Damien Chazelle has been named your favorite Best Director Oscar winner of the 2010s thanks to his impeccable work on “La La Land” (2016). Support was split between several directors in our poll asking you to vote for your absolute favorite of the decade, but Chazelle led our results from the beginning.
Chazelle earned 29% of your vote, followed by Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”) at 21%. Alejandro G. Inarritu (“Birdman”) was next at 20% while Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”) came in fourth at 15%. Next was Inarritu (“The Revenant”) at 11%. The combined total of Inarritu’s votes for “Birdman” and “The Revenant” was 31%, technically giving him the most votes as an individual director here, but support was too divided between the two films to put him over the edge. Tied for last in this poll were Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) and Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”) at 2% each.
Making history as the youngest Best Director winner ever at the age of 32, Chazelle has embodied having a dream and making it happen in Hollywood, as captured in “La La Land” itself. He burst onto the scene in 2014 with “Whiplash,” which earned three Oscars including Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons.
“La La Land” was even more of an Oscar success, earning 14 nominations, which tied “All About Eve” (1950) and “Titanic” (1997) for the most in Oscar history. While the film famously did not take home the Best Picture prize, it did earn the most wins of the night at six, including Best Director for Chazelle, Best Actress for Emma Stone, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Original Song and Best Production Design.
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