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THE OSCARS 2017 Earlier this year, film fanatics across the world delighted at the release of La La Land. A romantic musical comedy film, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, the plot was centred on a jazz pianist who falls in love with an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. However, it seems as if it wasn’t just us who was impressed with Ryan’s performance, as the Canadian star was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for La La Land. Commenting on his nomination last month, Ryan said: ‘I’m very grateful to the Academy for recognizing my work. It was a true collaboration, so to see everyone else’s wonderful work on the film acknowledged so generously makes it even more special.’ Taking place on the 26th All images Credited - DFree/Shutterstock.com February, the Oscars weren’t the only nomination that Ryan has received in 2017 and we’re only a few months in. He has already picked up the award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy at this year’s Golden Globes, beating the likes of Hugh Grant, Colin Farrell and Ryan Reynolds. Even though Ryan didn’t get his hands on an Oscar, La La Land did win Best Original Music Score and Best Actress for Emma Stone. It’s not all bad news however as the film took home six awards at the Golden Globes. 35-year old Canadian born Ryan began his career as a child on Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse Club from 1993- 1995. He then went on to appear in family favourites like Goosebumps in 1996. After a few minor roles, he gained wider attention in 2004 with the leading role in romantic drama, The Notebook. It was this performance that won him four Teen Choice Awards and an MTV Movie Award. He has since gone on to star in films such as Fracture, Crazy Stupid Love, The Big Short and Blue Valentine which all earned him numerous nominations. As well as this, Ryan’s band, Dead Man’s Bones, released their self-titled debut album and toured North America in 2009. He also co-owns a Moroccan restaurant in Beverly Hills and is an active supporter of several charities including animal charity PETA and a number of children charities. He’s certainly achieved a lot but what’s the best thing he has learnt? “I’ve learned it’s important not to limit yourself. You can do whatever you really love to do, no matter what it is.” But just why is he so successful? “All my characters are me, I’m not a good enough actor to become a character. I hear about actors who become the role and I think ‘I wonder what that feels like’. They’re all me, I relate to these characters because aspects of their personality are like me.” Ryan also has a number of films set for release later this year including First Man and Blade Runner 2049. We don’t think his success will be finishing here… n


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