Ryan Gosling accepted the Vanguard Award at the Palm Springs' International Film Festival on Monday night with a special tribute to the late Debbie Reynolds, who died from a stroke last week, one day after daughter Carrie Fisher passed.
"I wish I could have said this in person, but I'd like to thank Debbie Reynolds for her wonderful career of work," Gosling said in his speech, according to E!.
He explained how he became more familiar with her work while filming Damien Chazelle's La La Land. "She was an inspiration to us every day. We watched Singin' in the Rain every day for inspiration, a truly unparalleled talent. So thank you to her for all that inspiration."
Gosling's La La Land, which also stars Emma Stone, is buzzing with Oscar potential. The film is a beautiful take on two entertainers' quest for fame in musical Los Angeles. It's dreamy, it's fun. It's indeed just like Reynolds' dream of becoming a songwriter and singer in 1952's Singin' in the Rain.
La La Land is also up for five Golden Globes this Sunday.