As predicted, Ryan Gosling took home the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for his role as jazzman Seb in “La La Land.”
What wasn’t expected was how personal he got with his acceptance speech, becoming emotional as he talked about his wife’s brother’s battle with cancer.
While he was “singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I’ve ever had on a film,” Gosling said his wife, Eva Mendes, was holding down the fort with a heavy heart of her own.
“My lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second, and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer,” Gosling said. “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,” he continued. “To my daughters, I love you. And if I may, I would like to dedicate this to the memory of her brother, Juan Carlos Mendes.”
Lionsgate’s “La La Land” was nominated for seven Golden Globes, and Gosling’s was its fourth win of the night — sweeping every category it’s been up for so far. Director and writer Damien Chazelle won the Globe for Best Screenplay, Justin Hurwitz took home the trophy for Best Original Score and the movie also won for Best Original Song for its paean to L.A. “City of Stars.”