Actor Ryan Gosling expressed his “disappointment” that both Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie did not receive major Oscar nominations for the Barbie film.
Gosling said he felt “privileged” to earn a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as “Ken, a plastic doll.”
“But there is no Ken without Barbie, and there is no Barbie movie without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie,” he added.
Expectations were high for Gerwig to be nominated for Best Director and Robbie for Best Actress.
However, both received accolades in different categories. Robbie earned recognition as a producer for Best Picture, and Gerwig, alongside her husband Noah Baumbach, was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Barbie emerged as the top-earning movie of 2023, with global earnings of over $1.44 billion.
Gosling stated, “I am extremely honored to be nominated by my colleagues alongside such remarkable artists in a year of so many great films.”
The Canadian actor also described Gerwig and Robbie as “the two people most responsible for this history-making, globally-celebrated film.”
“No recognition would be possible for anyone in the film without their talent, grit, and genius. To say that I’m disappointed that they are not nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement.
“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. Their work should be recognized along with the other very deserving nominees.”
However, Gosling expressed his joy for America Ferrera’s unexpected nomination for Best Supporting Actress and applauded other talented individuals involved in the film.
Ferrera also shared her “immense disappointment” over the lack of major nominations for Gerwig and Robbie.
The Barbie film received a total of eight Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture.
A lot of movie buffs on social media were upset by the Oscar decisions, finding it ironic that Gosling got a nod while Robbie and Gerwig were overlooked, particularly given the movie’s focus on feminist and patriarchal issues.
One fan remarked, “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.”
Some, however, felt the nominations were consistent with the Academy’s historical preferences and argued that other films were more deserving despite Barbie’s box office success.
A user on X commented, “It’s ironic that despite notable performances in other films, the absence of nominations for the Barbie film is seen as a major oversight.”
Pete Hammond from Deadline noted the Academy’s tendency to overlook comedic roles, which may explain Robbie’s absence from the nominations.
He noted Ferrera “was very visible on the campaign circuit where her knockout monologue – the film’s most serious moment – was prominently played.”
Oppenheimer, another blockbuster, led this year’s nominations with 13, including nods for Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., and Christopher Nolan as Best Director.