EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Gosling Gushes Over Daughters and Sitting Next to Justin Timberlake at the Golden Globes

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Ryan Gosling can't stop gushing over his precious family!

ET caught up with the 36-year-old actor on the red carpet at the 74th Annual Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday, where he got candid on what his life is like when the cameras aren't rolling.

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Looking dapper in a white tuxedo vest, bow tie, black slacks and velvet shoes, Gosling told ET that his longtime girlfriend, Eva Mendes, couldn't make it to the Globes this year, as she was busy taking care of their daughters, Esmeralda, 2, and Amada, 8 months.

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"She's at home with our girls," he told ET's Nancy O'Dell.

"All the clichés are true," he said of fatherhood. "It's a dream. They're angels, and they have heaven eyes."

Luckily, he won't have to worry about having fun inside the star-studded fête as he'll be seated next to Justin Timberlake, as O'Dell pointed out to him.

"I am? Oh, that's news to me," Gosling exclaimed. "It doesn't even really [compare to sitting next to Eva]."

"It'll be lovely to see him, but it's certainly no comparison," he joked. "He'll understand."

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Gosling also opened up about being nominated in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy category for his role in La La Land.

"You know, this movie was so fun to make," he gushed. "It was such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, really. I thought the old Hollywood musical was dead, [so] to get to work on one was reward enough."

"So this is just, such a surprise, really," he added. "I was ready to defend the film, but the response has been quite the opposite. I was ready for a bit of a fight. But this response has been a bit of a surprise, and a very nice surprise."

He's up against Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds, which ET predicts to be one of the tightest races of the night.

"You know, I'm just happy that we're in the same room for once, so people can see that we're different people," Gosling explained. "I'll take that as a win."

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