Hey Girl, Ryan Gosling Is Totally a Feminist
Posted on 10 January 2017
No one clued into awards season predictions ought to be shocked to see that La La Land is picking up trophies left and right tonight at the Golden Globes, or that Ryan Gosling, the film’s leading man, won best actor in a comedy or musical for his turn as Sebastian, the misanthropic jazz purist with a heart of gold and a doomed love for Emma Stone’s Mia.
What was somewhat more surprising was the sober turn his acceptance speech took. After an awkwardly too-long joke about chopping his Golden Globe into three to share with Stone and director Damien Chazelle (both went on to win their own, she for best actress in a comedy or musical, he for best screenplay and best director), Gosling got serious.
“You don’t get to be up here without standing on the shoulders of a mountain of people,” he said. “And there’s just no time to thank everyone, I would just try and thank one person properly.”
He went on to talk about his girlfriend, actress Eva Mendes. “While I was singing, dancing, playing piano, and having 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. If she hadn’t taken all that on so I could have this experience, it would surely be someone else up here today.”
It was a far cry from the usual, “I’d like to thank my soulmate,” throwaway line, and it was made extra poignant by the fact that Mendes’s brother, to whom Gosling dedicated his award, lost that battle with cancer last spring.
But above all: Major props to Gosling for celebrating the unsung heroism of his partner, and for recognizing that raising children is a job unto itself, one that rarely gets acknowledged as such.
We can’t wait for the forthcoming memes. Hey girl, Ryan Gosling is totally a feminist. And if this study is right, maybe he’ll help other men come around, too.
Original post can be found here.