Ryan Gosling may have won a Golden Globe for his work in La La Land, but the actor is making sure that someone else gets the credit for his success-long time love Eva Mendes!
After going on stage to accept the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical, Gosling made sure to thank co-star Emma Stone and director Damien Chazelle after making a quip to fellow nominee Ryan Reynolds, but then devoted the rest of his speech to his family, specifically Mendes.
In the speech, he noted that while he worked on the film, Mendes, whom he has been with since 2011, was busy raising their first daughter, Esmeralda, while also preparing to welcome their second, Amada, but that she was also doing it while caring for her cancer-stricken brother, and Gosling noted that if she hadn't done all of that, his work, and subsequently, his award, would not have been possible.
"I would like to thank one person properly and say while I was singing and dancing and 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," he said. "If she hadn't have taken all that on so that I could have this experience, it would surely be someone else up here other than me today. So, sweetheart, thank you. To my daughters, Amada and Esmeralda, I love you."
He then acknowledged that Mendes' brother unfortunately did not win his battle, and dedicated his win to his memory in a sweet gesture.
"And if I may, I would like to dedicate this to the memory of her brother, Juan Carlos Mendez," he said as he closed the speech.
Mendes' brother passed away in April of 2016, the same month she and Gosling welcomed their second daughter, who's birth was confirmed a few weeks later.