The actor missed the awards ceremony, where he was up for best male actor for his performance in La La Land

By Jodi Guglielmi and Phil Boucher
February 13, 2017 10:06 AM
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La La Land won big at the BAFTA Awards on Sunday night, but there was one star noticeably missing from the celebration — Ryan Gosling.

Despite being nominated for best actor in a leading role, Gosling was unable to attend the star-studded, London-based ceremony due to a “family matter.”

“Ryan had a family matter to attend to,” said La La Land film producers backstage at the BAFTAs, according to Hello! magazine. “He is sorry not to be here this evening. He sends his appreciation and thanks for everything.”

La La Land producer Fred Berger also told reporters backstage that the actor was “sad not to be here.”

“He’s sorry not to be here this evening but sends everyone his appreciation and congratulations on the film.”

The Damien Chazelle-helmed musical took home an impressive five awards on Sunday, including best film and best actress for Emma Stone.

During her acceptance speech, Stone said the awards ceremony was a welcome distraction during such “divisive” times in the United States.

“I don’t know if you’ve realized this but right now this country and the U.S. and the world seems to be going through a bit of a time. Just a bit,” she said. “In a time that’s so divisive, I think it’s really special that we are all able to come together tonight thanks to BAFTA to celebrate the positive effect of creativity and how we can transcend borders and how we can help people to feel a little less alone.”

Gosling missed out on the award for best actor to Casey Affleck for his performance in Manchester By the Sea.