His reaction was almost as talked about as the infamous ‘Best Picture’ mix-up at this year’s Oscars – almost.
But now Ryan Gosling has finally revealed why he was caught in a fit of giggles after the stars of La La Land were forced to hand over the ‘Best Picture’ Oscar to Moonlight after they were incorrectly crowned the winners.
‘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,’ the star of the Oscar-winning film explained in an interview at the Adobe Summit.
‘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 “Oh, Moonlight won” and I was so relieved that I started laughing.’
And despite the humiliating mix-up, Ryan, who also lost out on the ‘Best Actor’ Oscar, claimed he was thrilled Moonlight won the victory.
‘But truthfully, I was also so thrilled that Moonlight won, I know the director…I’ve worked with them before,’ he added.
‘It’s such a ground breaking film, made for a million dollars, an incredible achievement and I’m so happy for them that they were being recognised.’
The now infamous flub saw Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly award the best picture prize to La La Land after being handed the wrong envelope before taking to the stage.
PricewaterhouseCoopers Oscars’ reps Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz – who were responsible for giving out the envelopes on the big night – have since been told that they will not be working at the ceremony in the future.