Golden Globes 2012: The Curious Case of Missing Gosling

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Ryan Gosling establishes himself as a style icon off and on the screen (in Drive and in Crazy Stupid Love), inspiriing menswear collections everywhere, and killing it in suits by Gucci and Ferragamo – proving tough guys can he also be chic.  

The "Ides of March" actor, who was nominated for two best actor trophies, caused an Internet frenzy when he didn't attend Sunday's award show.

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. 

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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." 

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But before the explanation came through, Twitter and the media industry were consumed with speculation.

"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. 

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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!"