On taking to the stage to accept the award for ‘La La Land’ at the Golden Globes last night, Ryan Gosling walloped his speech out of the park.
Not only did he mainly pay tribute to his wife Eva Mendes for holding things together while he was filming the hit musical, he also dedicated the award to Mendes’ brother, who passed away following a battle with cancer earlier this year.
Beginning with a joke, he quipped: “This isn’t the first time I’ve been mistaken for Ryan Reynolds.”
He then went on:
“You don’t get to be up here without standing on the shoulders of a mountain of people, and there’s just no time to thank everyone. I’d just like to try and thank one person properly.
“While I was 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 taken all that on so I could have this experience, it would surely be someone else up here other than me today.
“So, sweetheart, thank you. To my daughters, Amada and Esmeralda, I love you. And if I may, I’d like to dedicate this to the memory of her brother, Juan Carlos Mendes.”
Gosling continues to be something of a class act, having spent much of his last winner’s acceptance speech, at the Palm Springs International Film Festival last week, talking about the passing of Debbie Reynolds.
“She was an inspiration to us, we watched Singing In The Rain every day,” he said. “She was truly an unparalleled talent, so thank you to her for all that inspiration.”