Popular actor Ryan Gosling, nominated for an Oscar in the supporting actor category for his role as Mattel’s Ken doll in last year’s blockbuster “Barbie,” has acknowledged the honor but raised concerns over the exclusion of his co-star Margot Robbie and director Greta Gerwig from their respective categories. The absence of Gerwig and Robbie from the nominations list has sparked discussions since the announcement, and Gosling’s sentiments echo the sentiments of many in the industry.
Nominated for “Barbie” and Acknowledging Co-Stars: Gosling’s nomination adds to the eight nods received by “Barbie,” further solidifying the film’s recognition by the Academy. However, the actor did not shy away from expressing disappointment over the oversight of Gerwig and Robbie in the director and lead actress categories. Despite this, he highlighted their crucial roles in making “Barbie” a historic and globally celebrated film.
Recognition for Gerwig and Robbie in Other Categories: While Gerwig and Robbie missed out on individual nominations, they did secure Oscar nods in other categories. Gerwig was acknowledged in the adapted screenplay category, sharing the nomination with her “Barbie” co-writer and husband, Noah Baumbach. Robbie, on the other hand, received a nomination as a producer with the film’s best picture nomination, standing alongside three others.
Gosling’s Full Statement: Gosling provided a heartfelt statement expressing his gratitude for the nomination and acknowledging the significance of portraying a plastic doll named Ken. However, his disappointment in the omission of Gerwig and Robbie was evident. In his statement, Gosling stressed that the groundbreaking success of “Barbie” was a collaborative effort and recognition for the film should extend to all key contributors.
Full Statement from Ryan Gosling: “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.
But 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.
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.
Having said that, I am so happy for America Ferrera and the other incredible artists who contributed their talents to making this such a groundbreaking film.” – Ryan Gosling, “Barbie”
Conclusion: Ryan Gosling’s Oscar nomination is a testament to the success of “Barbie,” but the actor’s statement brings attention to the broader issue of recognition in the film industry. As the Oscars approach, discussions on inclusivity and acknowledgment of talent continue to be significant aspects of the conversation within the entertainment community.