ABC has released the first promotional video for the upcoming Oscars, and it features host Jimmy Kimmel in a full recreation of “Barbie” that also features actors Ryan Gosling, America Ferrera and Kate McKinnon. In a perhaps surprising move, the ad directly accuses the Academy of snubbing “Barbie” filmmaker Greta Gerwig in the race for best director. Gerwig’s omission is widely seen as the most shocking snub at this year’s Oscars, along with “Barbie” star Margot Robbie not being included in the best actress race.
In the promo, Kimmel asks Weird Barbie (McKinnon) for advice on how to get to the Oscars. Their journey takes them through a reenactment of the “Oppenheimer” setting, where Kimmel mocks his friend Matt Damon (“this incredibly hideous, disgusting, ugly poor man!”). The two meet up in the Oscar lobby, where nominee Ferrera appears to riff on her famous “Barbie” monologue. She goes from a feminist anthem to all the reasons why hosting the Oscars is the worst concert in Hollywood.
“It’s literally impossible to host the Oscars,” she told Kimmel. “You have to be extraordinary, but one way or another, you always get it wrong. You have to make fun of people, but you can’t make fun of people too much. You have to give everyone enough time, but you can’t last long. And you’re the center of attention, but no one cares, you’re there. You can never show up, never fail, never show fear…no one says thank you but everyone has something critical to say online. If it goes well, no one says anything. If not, it’s all your fault.
Gosling, also nominated for an Oscar this year, then appears wearing Ken’s “I Am Kenough” hoodie from “Barbie” and holding a bag of food from In-N-Out.
“I got In-N-Out! It’s kind of this cool social media trend where you get it before the Oscars,” says Gosling in a nod to the viral social media moment caused by Paul Giamatti going In-N-Out after won a Golden Globe for “The Holdovers.”
“Actually, the trend is to have In-N-Out after the Oscars,” Kimmel Gosling informs. “Actually, after winning the Oscar.”
“Well, that’s not going to happen,” Gosling responds (a nod to Robert Downey Jr. being the frontrunner in the Best Supporting Actor race). “Luckily Greta has the (best) director in the bag! »
When Ferrera informs Gosling that Gerwig is not nominated for Best Director, he lets out his best Ken scream in horror. Ferrera, McKinnon and Kimmel all follow with their own screams.
Gosling and Ferrera separately addressed the “Barbie” snubs on Oscar nominations day and both expressed disappointment with the Academy.
Gosling said in a statement: “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 world-famous historic 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.
“Look, I heavily edited that statement,” Gosling said later. Variety for a cover story. “I think if I say any more, I’m going to put on a mink and start challenging people on a beach on Malibu Beach.”
“Barbie” is the top-grossing contender for the 2024 Oscars thanks to its $1.4 billion gross, and it is nominated for a total of eight Oscars this year. Robbie is nominated for Best Picture as the film’s producer, while Gerwig is nominated for Adapted Screenplay.
The Oscars are scheduled to air on Sunday, March 10 at 7 p.m. ET. Watch the full promotional video below.
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