A longshot came in with the best-actor nomination for Gosling in "Half Nelson," a little-seen independent drama. Gosling was on the phone with his manager when he learned of his nomination, then he immediately heard tires squeal and a car crash outside his window, where a motorcycle policeman had been hit by a van.
"I was fielding all these congratulatory phone calls and watching this guy put into an ambulance, so it was a real conflict of emotion," Gosling said. "Then I saw on the news that he had just broken his arm. I felt like it turned out to be a pretty good day for both of us."