Actor Ryan Gosling has said he is “disappointed” that Barbie’s Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie have been snubbed in the main Oscar nomination categories.
Gosling said he was “honored” to be nominated for best supporting actor for “portraying a plastic doll named Ken.”
“But there’s no Ken without Barbie, and there’s no Barbie movie without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie.”
Many expected Gerwig and Robbie to be nominated in the Best Director and Best Actress categories, respectively.
But there have been nods for both elsewhere. Robbie was recognized as a producer in the Best Picture category, while Gerwig was nominated alongside her husband Noah Baumbach for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Barbie was the highest-grossing film of 2023, grossing $1.44 billion (£1.14 billion) worldwide.
In a statement to CBS, the BBC’s US media partner, Gosling said: “I am extremely honored to be nominated by my colleagues alongside such remarkable artists in a year filled with so many great films.” .
At the same time, the Canadian actor described Gerwig and Robbie as “the two people most responsible for this historic and world-famous film.”
“No recognition would be possible for anyone in the film without their talent, courage and genius.
“To say I’m disappointed that they weren’t nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement.
“Against all odds, with nothing but a few soulless, scantily clad and thankfully crotchless dolls, they made us laugh, they broke our hearts, they pushed culture and they made history. Their work must be recognized alongside other very deserving candidates.
However, Gosling added that he was “very happy” for America Ferrera – who received a surprise nomination for Best Supporting Actress – as well as the other “incredible artists who contributed their talents to making this film such a revolutionary film.”
Ferrera also said she was “incredibly disappointed” that Gerwig and Robbie were not recognized in the major nomination categories.
In total, the Barbie movie received eight nominations, including Best Picture.
Mixed reaction to snobs
Many moviegoers on social media were dismayed by the Academy’s choices, with some suggesting snubs for Robbie and Gerwig, but Gosling’s inclusion was ironic, given the film’s message about feminism and patriarchy.
A fan wrote: “Ken being nominated and not Barbie is honestly completely fitting for a film about a man discovering the power of patriarchy in the real world.”
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But others argued that the nominations were consistent with the kinds of choices the Academy usually makes and that, despite Barbie’s commercial success, better films were recognized in its place.
Publication on one of them said: “(It’s) objectively funny that the lead actresses of two excellent films, Anatomy of a Fall and Killers of the Flower Moon (as well as a female director for the first) were nominated, but because the two-hour commercial for Mattel was not nominated. We must pretend that this is a great injustice.
Meanwhile, Ferrera “was highly visible on the campaign circuit where his knockout monologue — the film’s most serious moment — played prominently,” he noted.
Furthermore, Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer – another huge box office success – comes first with 13 nominations.
Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt and Robert Downey Jr were nominated for acting awards and Nolan for best director.
Poor Things, about a child whose brain was transplanted into the body of an adult woman, was the second most nominated film, with 11 nominations.
The 96th Academy Awards – or Academy Awards – will take place on March 10 in Los Angeles.
The best nominees:
- 13 nominations – Oppenheimer
- 11 – The poor things
- 10 – Killers of the Flower Moon
- 8 – Barbie
- 7 – Master
- 5 – American fiction, Anatomy of a fall, The remains, The area of interest
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