Golden Globes 2012: The Curious Case of Missing Gosling
The Golden Globes may have drawn some of the biggest stars in the business to its Sunday presentation, but it was a no-show who ended up getting the most media attention.
Ryan Gosling, who has attracted a cult-like following over the past year, was nominated for a best actor in a motion picture drama Golden Globe for his performance in The Ides of March, as well as best actor in a comedy for Crazy, Stupid, Love. But Gosling did not attend.
His absence elicited comments from many in the media industry. Even his Ides co-star and director George Clooney stepped into the "Where is Ryan Gosling?" discussion.
When Clooney, who nabbed the best actor in a drama statue for The Descendents, was asked backstage about Gosling's whereabouts, he said, "He's working, I think, in Thailand. He wrote me a nice letter, an e-mail, this morning," before adding, "You know, he's gotta work, he's gotta earn a living, he's a struggling actor."
"Where's Ryan?" USA Today's Life section Twitter asked.
"I am hearing rumors of a Goslingless Globes. Say it ain't so," wrote blog HitFix during its live coverage of the show.
E! News included "Where Was Ryan Gosling?" in its list of post-Globes burning questions speculating that, with Brad Pitt, Clooney and (widely-contested) Hottest Man Alive title-holder Bradley Cooper in attendance, "had the ballroom at the Beverly HIlls Hilton reached its heartthrob capacity?"
A desperate-seeming Twitter user salamandrs wrote to Entertainment Weekly, "WHERE IS RYAN GOSLING!?" The mag responded in kind, "We are wondering the same thing!"