Ryan Gosling has reacted to the news that his ‘Barbie’ co-star, Margot Robbie, and the film’s director, Greta Gerwig, have both been snubbed at the 2024 Oscar nominations. The actor, 43, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the movie, which has become the highest-grossing movie of the year, said in a statement that he’s grateful for his own Oscar nod but is “disappointed” that both Margot and Greta weren’t recognized in their categories.
Greta and Margot were snubbed at the Academy Awards in the acting and directing categories, respectively, for their work on the hit film. At the same time, America Ferrera received a nod for her role as Barbie. The pair and the film’s writers and producers were overlooked in their categories. The film was nominated for eight Oscars this week, including the top prize of Best Picture.
Gosling explains that when he was first approached about playing Ken in the film, he was curious if he would be suitable for the role. However, he soon changed his mind after reading the script and receiving a sign from the universe. The actor revealed that he went into his backyard and found a Ken doll lying face-down in the mud next to a squished lemon, which he took as a sign that he should play the role.
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He also explains that he was “blown away” when he accepted the role because the movie empowers female characters. He also mentions how he had the best time working on the project and evokes his child-actor roots while discussing the experience.
The actor added that he was honored to be nominated for his performance and praised his fellow nominees in the acting category, which include Will Ferrell, Michael Keaton, Issa Rae, Kate McKinnon, and Will Smith. He also thanked his fellow ‘Barbie’ co-stars, Simu Liu and Rhea Perlman, for their roles in the movie.
Gosling ended his statement by praising Margot and Greta for their work on the film. He said they are the two most responsible for the “history-making, globally-celebrated film.” He continued: “No recognition for anyone in this film would be possible without their talent, grit, and genius. And no one deserves it more than them.” The 96th annual Academy Awards will occur on Sunday, 10 March, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. ‘Barbie’ is currently the fifth biggest-grossing movie worldwide, with over $1.4 billion in box office revenue. The Oscars will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel this year.