Bill Nighy reveals the adorable reason his Oscar date was a toy bunny

This is love, really.

Bill Nighy drew attention on the Oscars red carpet on Sunday night not because of his outfit (although he did look spectacular), but because of his companion: a small toy rabbit with bizarre spots.

On Monday, Nighy revealed he was babysitting for his granddaughter and took the role very seriously.

“My granddaughter’s schedule has become more complicated, and I have been assigned the responsibility of looking after the rabbits,” he said in the subway. “I wasn’t ready to leave her unattended in a hotel room. The stakes are too high. Where I go, there she goes.”

Nighy was nominated for Best Actor for his role in Life. Oscar went to Brendan Fraser for The Whale, but if there was an Oscar for tiniest date, it’s clear who would win.