Monday Movie Report: ‘La La Land’ Takes Home Another Award, This Time From The Directors Guild Of America

The film “La La Land” continued its award season dominance over the weekend, as the man who helmed the project through earned honors from the Directors Guild of America.

Damien Chazelle, who has earned numerous accolades already, took the Outstanding Directoral Achievement in Feature Film award from the DGA. As a result, Chazelle has cemented his status as a front runner for the directing Oscar.

The full list of winners from the DGA ceremony was:

  • Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film – Damien Chazelle for “La La Land.”
  • Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Feature Film – Garth Davis for “Lion.”
  • Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking – Ezra Edelman for “O.J.: Made in America.”

The Annie Awards, celebrating the best in animation, also took place over the weekend, with “Zootopia” taking most of the awards and “Kubo and the Two Strings” getting some recognition as well.

The winners included:

  • Best Animated Feature: “Zootopia.”
  • Best Independent Animated Feature: “The Red Turtle.”
  • Best Character Animation in a Feature: “Kubo and the Two Strings.”
  • Best Directing in a feature: “Zootopia.”
  • Production Design in an Animated Feature: “Kubo and the Two Strings.”
  • Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature: Tie, “Moana” and “Zootopia.”
  • Best Writing in an Animated Feature: “Zootopia.”
  • Storyboarding in an Animated Feature: “Zootopia.”
  • Editorial in an Animated Feature Production: “Kubo and the Two Strings.”
  • Best Animated Effects in an Animated Production: “Moana.”
  • Animated Effects in a Live Action Production: “Doctor Strange.”
  • Character Design in an Animated Feature: “Zootopia.”
  • Music in an Animated Feature: “The Little Prince.”

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At the box office, meanwhile, it was another win for the thriller “Split,” taking in $14.5 million in total.

The full top five from this past weekend was:

1. Split – $14,584,485
2. Rings – $13,000,000
3. A Dog’s Purpose – $10,824,830
4. Hidden Figures – $10,100,000
5. La La Land – $7,450,000

This coming weekend will likely have a new No. 1 spot holder, though, as multiple films hit theaters such as the animated feature “The Lego Batman Movie,” the sequel “Fifty Shades Darker” and the action film “John Wick: Chapter 2.”