‘La La Land’ Nabs Song, Score Globes

Onstage at the Golden Globes, an elated Justin Hurwitz, Justin Paul and Benj Pasek accept their trophies

Justin Hurwitz, Justin Paul and Benj Pasek accept the Golden Globe for Best Song for “City of Stars,’ while presenters Carrie Underwood and Sting look on. (Photo: Paul Drinkwater / NBC)

In a full-throated endorsement of classical Hollywood musicals, La La Land took home the Best Song and Best Score at the 74th Annual Golden Globes tonight, picking up a record seven wins, including Best Picture Comedy or Musical, and acting trophies for stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

Accepting the honor for Best Score, composer Justin Hurwitz, extended his thanks to “all the LA musicians” and said he felt lucky “because it was a musical, I got to work with, or at least know, pretty much all the departments.” Hurwitz described it as the type of project where “there was this spirit across the movie where people worked harder than I think they’re used to working and went to bed later than they’re used to going to bed and wore more hats than they’re used to, and because we didn’t believe that this movie was going to be made, and  that Damien had created something so unique, that allowed us to put so much of ourselves into it. So we didn’t want to take it for granted. Everybody worked so hard and so passionately.”

The trophies in both categories were presented by pop stars Sting and Carrie Underwood. And Hurwitz was back onstage in the spotlight for the next award, Best Song, which he won for “City of Stars,” sharing the honor with with lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. “We were so honored to work with you, Justin,” Paul said in accepting the award with Pasek and Hurwitz, telling director Damien Chazelle, “These songs were so inspired by what you did.” Paul gave shout-outs to music supervisor Steve Gizicki and executive music producer Marius De Vries.

“We never thought that we would get to be part of an original movie musical. This is what got us into loving musicals in the first place,” Pasek added, closing with a flourish: “This is for movie musical theater nerds everywhere!”

Accepting the award for Best Director, 31-year-old Damien Chazelle said “I think hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world, and that’s what this movie is about.”

For a complete list of music nominations for the 74th Annual Golden Globes, click here.

ryan gosling and emma stone dance through a starry sky.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone trip the light fantastic in the “City of Stars” in La La Land, which won 7 Golden Globes.


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