In a surprising turn of events during the 96th Academy Awards nominations announcement, the spotlight shone on the outstanding achievements of the Barbie film, yet it also cast a shadow on some notable omissions. Margot Robbie, who portrayed the titular character, and director Greta Gerwig were notably absent from the list of nominees.
Despite this oversight, the film received recognition in significant categories, with Ryan Gosling and America Ferrera earning nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.
The omission of Greta Gerwig from the Best Director category did not diminish the acknowledgment of her directorial prowess. Barbie secured a nomination for Best Picture, a testament to the film’s impact on the cinematic landscape.
Margot Robbie, while overlooked in the Best Actress category, graciously expressed her support for her co-stars, acknowledging the exceptional performances that contributed to the film’s success.
In a heartfelt statement, Ryan Gosling emphasized the collaborative effort that brought Barbie to life on the big screen. He acknowledged Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie as pivotal figures in the film’s history-making journey, highlighting their talent, grit, and genius.
Gosling stated, “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.”
Expressing gratitude for the recognition received, Gosling emphasized the importance of acknowledging the remarkable contributions of all those involved in the making of Barbie. He recognized the challenges overcome and the cultural impact achieved, stating, “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.”
Barbie, undoubtedly one of the cinematic highlights of 2023, featured a stellar cast, including Margot Robbie as Barbie, Ryan Gosling as Ken, and America Ferrera, Simu Liu, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Rhea Perlman, and Will Ferrell in supporting roles.
The film took audiences on a journey as Barbie discovered the “truth about the universe” beyond the dreamy Barbieland, exploring a real world filled with emotions, tribulations, and challenges.
As the anticipation builds for the 96th Academy Awards ceremony, the recognition of Ryan Gosling’s nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category adds another layer of celebration to the success of Barbie. This nomination not only highlights Gosling’s exceptional performance but also underscores the collective effort that brought Barbie to cinematic glory in 2023.