The musical went one better than the six wins previously received by 1975’s ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ and 1978’s ‘Midnight Express’ after taking home every statuette it was nominated for at the prestigious ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hotel. Among the film’s haul were Best Director and Best Screenplay for Damien Chazelle, Best Actor and Actress – Musical or Comedy for its stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.
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During his acceptance speech, Ryan paid tribute to his long-term partner Eva Mendes, the mother of his two children, Esmeralda, two, and Amada, eight months. He said: “I would like to try to thank one person properly and say while I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I’ve ever had on a film, my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second, and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer. If she hadn’t have taken all that on so that I could have this experience, it would surely be someone else up here other than me today. So sweetheart, thank you.”
Meanwhile, Emma thanked her family, friends, and “dreamers” as she picked up her Best Actress statuette. She said: “I have to start by thanking my amazing mom. Thank you, mom, for everything. I moved here 13 years ago this week and without my mom and my dad and my brother, who has put up with me his whole life. Thank you, Spence, you’re the best. This is a film for dreamers, and I think that hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world and that’s what this movie is about. This is a film for dreamers. I think that hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world and that’s what this movie is about… To any creative people who’ve had the door slammed in their face… or anybody anywhere that feels like giving up sometimes, but finds it within themselves to get up… I share this with you.”
She also praised filmmaker Damien and her co-star Ryan. She said: “Thank you Damien for this opportunity and your vision and your passion. Ryan, you’re the best partner a girl could ask for. The movie also picked up Best Score in a Motion Picture and Best Original Song for ‘City of Stars’.