Oscars 2024: Ryan Gosling slams Margot Robbie snub

Oscars 2024: Ryan Gosling slams Margot Robbie snub

There is no Ken without Barbie! Ryan Gosling is disappointed that Margot Robbie did not get the recognition she deserves for her talent, grit, and genius.

Margot Robbie dressed as 'Barbie'
'Barbie' actress Margot Robbie/ YouTube (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Ryan Gosling is speaking out after his 'Barbie' co-star Margot Robbie did not receive a 'Best Actress' nomination for the 2024 Oscars. 

Greta Gerwig - who helmed the blockbuster film and made history when 'Barbie' earned the biggest box office debut for a film directed by a female - was also snubbed in the 'Best Director' category. 

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Margot was nominated for 'Best Actress' at both the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards. Emma Stone won both times for her role in 'Poor Things'.  

Despite the losses, many still expected to see Margot's name on the Oscar nominees list which was released this week. 

It did not and no one is angrier than Ryan. The actor, who was nominated in the 'Best Supporting Actor' category for his portrayal of Ken, released a statement on Tuesday.

"I am extremely honored to be nominated by my colleagues alongside such remarkable artists in a year of so many great films. And I never thought I’d [be] saying this, but I’m also incredibly honored and proud that it’s for portraying a plastic doll named Ken," he began.

Despite the honour, Ryan said he is disappointed that Margot and Greta did not receive nominations in their respective categories. 

"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." 

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Ryan added that no recognition would be possible for anyone in the film without Margot and Greta's talent, grit, and genius.

"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."

The 'Notebook' star wasn't the only 'Barbie' cast member to receive a nomination. America Ferrera, who played Mattel employee Gloria, received a nod in the 'Best Supporting Actress' category.

"I am so happy for America Ferrera and the other incredible artists who contributed their talents to making this such a groundbreaking film," Ryan concluded his statement.

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'Barbie' made a whopping $1.4-billion at the global box office in 2023 - making it the highest-grossing film of the year.

It is the first film directed solely by a woman to make more than a billion dollars. 

'The Super Mario Bros. Movie', 'Oppenheimer', 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3', and 'Fast X' starring Charlize Theron also featured in the top five highest-grossing films of 2023. 

Despite Margot and Greta's snubs, 'Barbie' received a total of eight Oscar nominations. It was nominated for 'Best Picture', 'Best Adapted Screenplay', 'Best Production Design', and 'Best Costume Design'. 

Two songs from the 'Barbie' soundtrack also received nominations in the 'Best Original Song' category. 

'What Was I Made For?', which was written and performed by Billie Eilish, and 'I’m Just Ken', performed by Ryan, are up against songs from 'American Symphony', 'Flamin' Hot', and 'Killers of the Flower Moon'. 

The 96th annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 10. 

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