This year’s Oscars saw the biggest mistake in the history of the Academy Awards when Warren Beatty announced Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” as the Best Picture winner when, in reality, the award belonged to Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight.” While on stage to receive the award that ended up not belonging to his film, “La La Land” star Ryan Gosling caught everybody’s attention for his reaction to the whole chaos: he just couldn’t stop giggling.
The actor had not offered any explanation for his reaction until Wednesday.
“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 while speaking at the Adobe Summit in Las Vegas, as reported by Entertainment Tonight. “I thought there was some kind of medical situation, and I had this worst case scenario playing out in my head.”
He continued, “And then I just heard, ‘Oh, “Moonlight” won,’ and I was so relieved that I started laughing. But truthfully, I was also so thrilled that ‘Moonlight’ won, I know the director…I’ve worked with them before. It’s such a groundbreaking film, made for a million dollars, and incredible achievement and I’m so happy for them that they were being recognized.”
And he wasn’t the only person from Team “La La Land” to be excited about the “Moonlight” win. Backstage at the Oscars, newly minted Best Actress winner Emma Stone told the press corps about her feelings regarding the kerfuffle.
“I fucking love ‘Moonlight,'” the actress said at the time. “God, I love ‘Moonlight’ so much. I am so excited for ‘Moonlight.’ And of course, it was an amazing thing to hear ‘La La Land.‘ I think we all would have loved to win Best Picture, but we are so excited for ‘Moonlight.’ I think it is one of the best films of all time, so I was pretty beside myself.”