“Barbie” has been nominated for eight Oscars. However, the fact that Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig were not considered in the categories of “Best Actress” and “Best Director” caused a stir after the announcement of the Oscar nominations in 2024. Now, the star of the film has spoken out for the first time.
With eight Oscar nominations, Greta Gerwig’s satire “Barbie” is competing at the 96th Academy Awards on March 10, 2024. However, the nomination of Ryan Gosling as Best Supporting Actor, while Margot Robbie was not nominated for Best Actress and Greta Gerwig for Best Director, has sparked outrage among many fans since the announcement of this year’s Oscar nominees.
The accusation: The decision of the Oscar jury is sexist and anti-feminist. In an interview with the US industry magazine “Deadline,” Robbie has now spoken out on the debate for the first time. “Of course, I think Greta Gerwig should have been nominated as a director because what she has achieved is a unique thing in her career, a unique thing in her life that she has truly mastered,” explained the actress, adding, “But it was an incredible year for all films.”
The 33-year-old pleaded to focus on the positive aspects: After all, the film has freed itself from the confines of the medium and has become a cultural phenomenon, one that is “bigger than this film, bigger than our film industry.” The goal of the filmmakers was to create something that would change culture and make a difference. This was successful – “and that is truly the greatest reward that could come out of all of this,” emphasized Robbie.
“Disappointed would be an understatement”: Ryan Gosling reacts to Oscar nominations Previously, Robbie’s co-star Ryan Gosling had also spoken out. “There is no Ken without Barbie, and there is no Barbie movie without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie, the two main architects of this historic, globally celebrated film. Without their talent, courage, and genius, there would be no recognition for anyone in this film,” Gosling said in a statement.
To say he is “disappointed” that they are not nominated in their respective categories “would be an understatement,” he explained. “Against all odds, with nothing but a few soulless, scantily clad, and fortunately step-free dolls, they made us laugh, broke our hearts, propelled culture forward, and made history. Their work should be recognized alongside the other very deserving nominees,” Gosling’s statement continued.
Oscars 2024: “Barbie” is nominated in these categories However, the female stars of the film did not go completely empty-handed: Director Greta Gerwig and her husband Noah Baumbach are nominated for an Oscar in the category of “Best Adapted Screenplay.” The most successful film of last year, which grossed $1.4 billion, also received nominations in the categories of “Costume Design” and “Production Design.”
Lead actress Margot Robbie, her husband Tom Ackerly, Robbie Brenner, and David Hyman were also nominated as producers for Best Picture. “I’m Just Ken,” interpreted by Gosling, is nominated for Best Song, as well as the Billie Eilish song “What Was I Made For?” Additionally, America Ferrera is nominated in the category of “Best Supporting Actress.”