Ryan Gosling’s speech at the Golden Globes probably hit you in the feels—the actor attributed his win for the best actor in a musical or a comedy to his partner Eva Mendes. The La La Land actor and Mendes are notoriously private about their relationship but Gosling broke his silence to give credit where it was due. After thanking his co-star and director and the ‘mountain of people’ who helped him get there, he thanked the one person whose support was crucial to his performance.
“While I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one 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,” said Gosling. “If she hadn’t taken all that on so that I could have this experience, would surely be someone else up here other than me to today. Sweetheart, thank you,” and dedicated the award to the late Carlos Mendez.
This however is not the first time our hearts melted on account of Gosling’s mindfulness. The subject of many memes, he made a special video for the late filmmaker Ryan McHenry, who created the ‘Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal’ meme. In the video he raises his spoonful of cereal to McHenry and proceeds to eat it.
He became the Internet’s boyfriend when Danielle Henderson, a teacher of the Gender Studies program in the University of Wisconsin started a tumblr blog of feminist Ryan Gosling memes, which are all available as a book. The “Hey Girl” movement may have started as a joke but it’s great to know that the face of tumblr feminism is living up to his legacy in real life.
Here’s a look back at those memes: