Ryan Gosling finally explains why he laughed during Oscar Best Picture goof-up
Nearly a month after The Academy Awards ceremony was held, La La Land star Ryan Gosling has revealed why he laughed when the goof-up with respect to the Best Picture award occurred.
The presenter for this award mistakenly announced La La Land as the winner, when it fact it was Moonlight that had won. By the time the mistake was detected, the team of La La Land had already reached the stage to accept the award. Gosling was criticised for laughing on stage, when the rest of the team looked horrified. He said that he was giggling because he was relieved that it was only a mix-up of names, and not something more serious.
"What really was happening as I was watching, it was surreal anyway, I was watching people start to have this panicked reaction in the crowd and guys were coming on with headsets and I felt like someone had been hurt," Gosling told Entertainment Tonight. “I thought there was some kind of medical situation, and I had this worst-case scenario playing out in my head. And then I just heard Moonlight won and I was so relieved that I started laughing,” he added.
It was later found that the wrong envelope was handed to the presenter Faye Dunaway by co-presenter Warren Beatty.
Ryan Gosling expressed that he was glad that Moonlight won the award. "I was also so thrilled that Moonlight won, I know the director… I’ve worked with them before. It’s such a ground breaking film, made for a million dollars, and incredible achievement and I’m so happy for them that they were being recognised,” he explained.
Ryan Gosling was nominated for the Best Actor award for La La Land. This film won six Oscars in total, including the awards for Best Actress (Emma Stone) and Best Director (Damien Chazelle).