Ryan Gosling, who received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Ken in “Barbie,” has voiced his disappointment over the notable Oscars snubs for director Greta Gerwig and lead actress Margot Robbie. Despite earning eight nominations, the film failed to secure nods for Gerwig in the Best Director category and Robbie in the Best Actress category.
Gosling, in a statement, expressed his gratitude for the nomination and acknowledged the honor of being recognized alongside remarkable artists in a competitive year for cinema. He humbly noted, “I’m also incredibly honored and proud that it’s for portraying a plastic doll named Ken. 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.”
The actor went on to emphasize the pivotal roles played by Gerwig and Robbie in bringing “Barbie“ to life, citing their talent, dedication, and creative genius. He remarked, “To say that I’m disappointed that they are not nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement.”
Greta Gerwig received a nomination in the Adapted Screenplay category for her co-writing credit alongside Noah Baumbach, acknowledging her contribution to the film’s success. Margot Robbie, while not securing an acting nomination, is in contention for an Oscar in the Best Picture category as a producer alongside David Herman, Tom Ackerley, and Robbie Brenner.
Gosling also praised his co-star America Ferrera, who earned a Supporting Actress nomination, and the entire cast and crew who contributed to making “Barbie” a groundbreaking film. He highlighted the film’s ability to make audiences laugh, touch their hearts, influence culture, and make cinematic history.
As the Oscars draw nearer, the absence of Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie from the nomination list continues to spark conversations within the industry and among fans, questioning the Academy’s recognition of their remarkable contributions to “Barbie.”