Like a high schooler tickled by a moment of mayhem in his solemnly scheduled day, Ryan Gosling seemingly couldn’t help but let out a giggle in the chaos onstage as the Oscar winner for Best Picture was announced last month.
An Associated Press photographer captured the “La La Land” actor’s reaction upon learning “Moonlight” had actually won the top honor after he and his colleagues had already taken the stage in an image that was, of course, shared widely on the internet.
But now we know Gosling hadn’t just thought the whole situation was absurdly funny ― he’d thought someone might’ve been hurt.
And realizing that wasn’t the case, that someone had simply made a very public blunder, the actor felt relieved.
So he laughed.
Gosling explained his reaction at Las Vegas’ Adobe Summit on Wednesday, per Entertainment Weekly.
“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,” he explained, as reported by the outlet.
“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.”
Although their film didn’t take home Best Picture, “La La Land” actors Gosling and Emma Stone wholeheartedly congratulated the “Moonlight” team for their win. Calling it “such a groundbreaking film” at the Las Vegas event, Gosling said he was “so thrilled” the film had been honored. Stone previously heaped praise of her own onto “Moonlight,” after the incident onstage.
Earlier this month, Variety reported that the pair of PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants responsible for the mix-up would not be involved in future Oscars ceremonies. It seems the Academy is taking every precaution to ensure next year’s event goes off without a hitch ― although hopefully not without memes.