"La La Land" star Gosling won the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. One of his fellow nominees was Ryan Reynolds of "Deadpool," and Gosling honored his fellow Ryan at the start of his speech: "This isn't the first time I've been mistaken for Ryan Reynolds. It's getting out of hand." He addressed Reynolds in the audience, wishing the other Ryan had been honored.
Later in the speech, Gosling gave a shout out to "my lady" -- actress Eva Mendes -- and their two daughters, Esmeralda and Amada. He said while he was making "La La Land," Mendes was raising their daughter, pregnant with their second, and helping her brother fight his battle with cancer. Gosling said if she hadn't taken all that on so he could have his experience in "La La Land," someone else would've been up there accepting the award. "Sweetheart, thank you."
Gosling closed by dedicating the trophy to the memory of Eva's brother, Juan Carlos Mendez.
Ryan Gosling to wife Eva Mendes: "Sweetheart, thank you." pic.twitter.com/C9IPit5k5D
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It was a beautiful speech, and a wonderful sendoff for Gosling's brother-in-law. Hopefully, somewhere out there, he can appreciate it.
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