While there was chaos onstage during the announcement of the best-picture category at this year’s Academy Awards, when people realized that presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway incorrectly gave the prize to “La La Land” instead of “Moonlight,” at least one “La La Land” star was caught feeling amused.
Ryan Gosling was seen holding back his laughter at the whole thing while he was on the stage.
On Wednesday, speaking to Adobe CMO Ann Lewnes at the Adobe Summit in Las Vegas, he revealed what he found so funny.
“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 said. “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.”
You can’t blame Gosling for initially thinking the worst. These were the reactions he was seeing when he looked out into the crowd during all the confusion.
Gosling added that he isn’t bitter at all about “La La Land” not winning the biggest prize of the night, as he was a fan of “Moonlight.”
“Truthfully, I was also so thrilled that ‘Moonlight’ won,” he said. “I know the director [Barry Jenkins]… I’ve worked with them before. It’s such a groundbreaking film, made for a million dollars, an incredible achievement, and I’m so happy for them that they were being recognized.”