Just over a week after one of the greatest screw-ups at a film award ceremony in history, Germany’s equivalent of the Oscars has somehow eclipsed it by allowing an imposter to accept a prize.
The moment occurred when Ryan Gosling was announced as the winner of an international award for his role in La La Land at Goldene Kamera, Germany’s premier film awards show.
Host Steven Gaetjen was bristling with anticipation in the lead-up to his presentation of the accolade.
“The directors couldn’t be here today but someone else agreed to take the award – and we are very happy he is here today, because he is the reason this movie is a success,” he said.
“He is one of the hottest stars in Hollywood. Men hold onto your wives and wives hold onto your men – here is the one and only Ryan Gosling!”
Following that introduction, a pair of sliding doors opened behind Gaetjen and out walked a man who only loosely resembled Gosling. While many of his physical features could have been attributed to the real Gosling, the lookalike was clearly stockier and more showy when he emerged onto the stage.
Gosling’s fellow Hollywood actors Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and Jane Fonda could all be seen smirking and grimacing as the lookalike approached the podium to give his speech.
“Good evening. I am Ryan Gosling,” the man, who is clearly not Ryan Gosling, said in a noticeably thick German accent.
“I dedicate this award to Joko and Klass. Thank you very much. There is a saying in Hamburg, which is, ‘bye-bye!'”
The two people he attributed the award to, it later transpired, were notorious German comedians and pranksters Joko Winterscheidt and Klaas Heufer-Umlau.
The duo claim they tricked organisers into believing they were an agency representing Gosling, and said they would agree for Gosling to make an appearance if he were to win something.
Producers of the award ceremony have reportedly already revised security protocol ahead of next year’s event.
One thing is for sure: La La Land and awards ceremonies simply don’t mix.