Just when you thought that this awards season couldn’t get anymore bizarre, a Ryan Gosling impersonator goes up on stage to collect an award on behalf of the actor to prove you wrong.
This incident unfolded at the Goldene Kamera awards ceremony in Germany, which usually focuses on actors and directors from the country. However, if they can convince an A-list Hollywood start to attend they are the ones that usually depart with an award.
This was all the window of opportunity comedians Joko Winterscheidt and Klaas Heufer-Umlaufs needed, as they set up a fake agency that insisted they could get La La Land star Ryan Gosling to attend, but only if he actually won a prize.
The Goldene Kamera awards decided to do just that, and when the host Steven Gaetjen announced that Ryan Gosling would be coming to the stage those in attendance assumed that’s who they’d be seeing. Instead Ludwig Lehner, who is a cook from Munich with only a passing resemblance to Ryan Gosling, walked on stage.
Those in the crowd, which included Nicole Kidman, Jane Fonda, and Colin Farrell, immediately recognised that it wasn’t actually Ryan Gosling. But Lehner was still given the opportunity to make a speech.
“Good evening, I am Ryan Gosling,” Lehner began, in a broad German accent that immediately should have given the game away. “I dedicate this award to Joko and Klass, thank you very much. There is a saying in Hamburg, which is, ‘bye, bye’.” Lehner then left the stage in a hurry. You can check out a clip of the entire incident, which really kicks in at around the 2 minute and 15 second mark, below.
I still think that the Oscars’ ‘Moonlight’ and ‘La La Land’ Best Picture mix-up was worse, though.