Ryan Gosling Thanks ‘Sweetheart’ Eva Mendes and Honors Her Late Brother in Emotional Golden Globes Speech
Ryan Gosling honored Eva Mendes and their family at the Golden Globes on Sunday.
In a heartfelt speech after winning Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for La La Land, the 36-year-old actor spoke glowingly about Mendes, their two young daughters and Mendes’ late brother, Juan Carlos Mendez, who died of throat cancer at the age of 53 in April 2016.
“You don’t get to be up here without standing on the shoulders of a mountain of people. There is no time to thank everyone, but I just want to try and thank one person properly and say that while I was singing and dancing and playing piano and 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,” Gosling said, seemingly trying to contain his emotions as he spoke lovingly about Mendes.
“If she hadn’t taken all of that on so that I could have this experience, it surely would be somebody else up here today,” he said, never addressing his longtime love by name. “So sweetheart, thank you.”
Gosling also gave a shout-out to his daughters, Esmeralda, 2, and Amada, 8 months, simply saying, “I love you.”
And in a heartfelt moment, the La La Land star dedicated his win to Mendes’ brother.
“If I may, I’d like to dedicate this to the memory of [Eva’s] brother, Juan Carlos Mendez,” he ended his speech, to applause from the star-studded audience.
Earlier in his speech, Gosling — looking dapper in a white tuxedo vest, bow tie, black slacks and velvet shoes — joked about his “beef” with fellow Globe nominee Ryan Reynolds.
“This isn’t the first time I’ve been mistaken for Ryan Reynolds, but it’s getting out of hand,” Gosling quipped, with Reynolds having a good laugh in the audience. “Ryan, there’s been some kind of mistake but I’m up here. So if you don’t mind? OK!”
He also praised his La La Land director, Damien Chazelle, and leading lady, Emma Stone, telling them that it was just as much a win for them as it was for him.
“Damien and Emma, this belongs to the three of us. I’ll chop it into three pieces if you want. I don’t really want to do that because who would get what piece and no one wants the bottom and we would fight over the top — it could tear us apart. But the point is, it’s ours!”
On the Golden Globes red carpet, Gosling spoke to ET’s Nancy O’Dell, calling fatherhood “a dream.” “They’re angels, and they have heaven eyes,” he said of his two daughters.
Watch ET’s exclusive interview with Gosling below.