Golden Globes: Damien Chazelle Wins Best Director, Motion Picture, for 'La La Land'

The 74th annual awards show, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday.

Damien Chazelle took home the Golden Globe for best director, motion picture, on Sunday night for La La Land.

The director beat out Tom Ford for Nocturnal Animals, Mel Gibson for Hacksaw Ridge, Barry Jenkins for Moonlight and Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea.

Chazelle took time at the podium to thank "some of the key people who were with me on set" because "this was not an easy film to make." He called out choreographer Mandy Moore, editor Tom Cross and others who helped in the production of the film.

The director told press backstage, "It took six years to get the movie going. I remind myself of that. All of this is so surreal, but the dream come true was getting to finally make it."

He added, "It was important to us to make a love story that was for the modern era, that was contemporary. … This idea that one does need to move forward. That nostalgia for nostalgia's sake is not a place to live in. That you should honor the past, but also push that forward."

La La Land was nominated in seven categories.

Chazelle previously took home the award for best screenplay earlier in the night. Star Ryan Gosling nabbed the award for best performance by an actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical.

Jimmy Fallon hosted the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton on Jan. 8.