The buzz around the 2024 Oscar nominations has already started, and we’re right in the middle of the excitement! Surprisingly though, some hoped-for names didn’t make the cut. It turns out that Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig were left out of the Oscar race, not securing nominations for Best Actress and Best Director, respectively, for their work in ‘Barbie’. While the film aimed high and was expected to be a major contender, ‘Barbie’ will only compete in 8 categories, trailing behind Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’, which leads with 13 nominations.
Amidst this buzz, one actor from ‘Barbie’ did catch the spotlight. Ryan Gosling, who transformed into the iconic plastic doll Ken, earned his Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Despite his personal success, Gosling expressed his disappointment at the snub of his co-star and director.
Gosling poignantly stated, “No hay ‘Barbie’ sin Greta Gerwig y Margot Robbie” — “There’s no ‘Barbie’ without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie.” The two women, he emphatically claims, are “the two people primarily responsible for creating this historic film,” which has received critical acclaim around the globe. Gosling underscored the duo’s absence among the nominees as a significant oversight, noting that any recognition for ‘Barbie’ would be incomplete without acknowledging their talent, courage, and brilliance.
Ryan Gosling’s appreciation for his colleagues’ efforts is as clear as day. He reflects on the surprising emotional depth and cultural impact of the seemingly lifeless Barbie and Ken dolls, emphasizing that they have “made us laugh and broken our hearts, they have promoted culture and made history”. In his view, Gerwig and Robbie’s work, along with that of the entire ‘Barbie’ team, merits just as much recognition as the other nominees he’ll be standing with.
It’s not just the big names Gosling is keen to celebrate. He gave a shoutout to America Ferrera as well as other artists who’ve put their creative energies into bringing ‘Barbie’ to life, acknowledging their significant contributions.
The film ‘Barbie’, an acid satire, sees Margot Robbie playing a doll living in what seems to be a perfect world. But then, her world begins to crack, revealing the flaws in her seemingly ideal life. The story takes Barbie on a journey to the real world, a transformative experience that changes her forever.
Interested in more about this groundbreaking take on the classic doll? You can read MeriStation’s review, which will give you the lowdown on the movie. For those ready to dive into the life of Barbie, the film is available to stream on HBO Max.
So, as we look toward the glitz and glamour of the Oscars, it’s clear that movies like ‘Barbie’ — and the talented individuals behind them — continue to push the boundaries of storytelling, creating narratives that capture our hearts and toy with our emotions in the most unexpected ways.