‘Barbie‘ has been shining in the awards season this year as much as it shined on the screens after its release. Come Oscars, ‘Barbie‘ getting multiple nominations was no news given its brilliance. But what has left several surprised is the snubbing of the two leading ladies behind the success of the movie. Both Margot Robbie, who played the lead role in ‘Barbie’, and the film’s director, Greta Gerwig, received no Oscar nominations.
Ryan Gosling, who played the character of Ken in the film, has also been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. But he has put the snubbing of his deserving co-actor and director on the pedestal. While he should be celebrating his nomination, Gosling is calling out the Oscars for snubbing Robbie and Gerwig.
“To Say I Am Disappointed Is An Understatement”: Ryan Gosling Releases An Elaborate Statement
Ryan Gosling took to social media to assert how disappointed he is about Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig getting snubbed from Oscar nominations this year. Releasing an elaborate statement, Gosling said, “To say that I’m disappointed that they are not nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement.”
“I am extremely honoured to be nominated by my colleagues alongside such remarkable artists in a year of so many great films. And I never thought I’d being saying this, but I’m also incredibly honoured and proud that it’s for portraying a plastic doll named Ken,” Gosling added.
“But there is no Ken without Barbie, and there is no Barbie movie without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie, the two people most responsible for this history-making, globally-celebrated film. No recognition would be possible for anyone on the film without their talent, grit and genius,” the statement added.
Gosling asserted that their “work should be recognised along with the other very deserving nominees“. “Against all odds with nothing but a couple of soulless, scantily clad, and thankfully crotchless dolls, they made us laugh, they broke our hearts, they pushed the culture and they made history,” he said.
The actor also congratulated actress America Ferrera nominated for the Best Supporting Actress category. “Having said that, I am so happy for America Ferrera and the other incredible artists who contributed their talents to making this such a groundbreaking film,” he said.
The announcement of the 2024 Oscars nominations came through a live stream on Tuesday, hosted by Zazie Beetz and Jack Quaid in Los Angeles. ‘Barbie‘ won nominations in various categories, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (America Ferrera), Best Production Design, and Best Original Song.
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Criticism For Oscars Pour In From Celebrities And Fans
The snubbing of Gerwig and Robbie has led to disappointment among many other celebrities as well as fans across the globe. In a conversation with Variety, America Ferrera expressed her disbelief at getting nominated but also conveyed her disappointment over Gerwig and Robbie not being recognized.
“Greta has done just about everything that a director could do to deserve it. Creating this world, and taking something that didn’t have inherent value to most people and making it a global phenomenon. It feels disappointing to not see her on that list,” she said.
Many social media users also reacted, with some adding the shade of patriarchy to the nominations. “Ken getting nominated and not Barbie is honestly so fitting for a film about a man discovering the power of patriarchy in the Real World,” a Twitter user wrote.
“Ken getting nominated for an Oscar, and not Barbie, is exactly why Barbie needed to be made,” another one wrote. A third user conveyed something similar. “Ryan Gosling getting a nomination and Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig NOT getting nominations feels like something happening in the Barbie movie to further illustrate the point of the Barbie movie.”
Another user contended that the movie was not as great as Ryan Gosling’s acting in it, explaining why he was nominated and the leading ladies in the film were not. “Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig weren’t snubbed. it just wasn’t a great movie and Ryan Gosling very obviously was amazing in it. The consolation prize is the billion dollars it made,” the user wrote.
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