Ryan Gosling receives Oscar nom for his role as Ken, Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig snubbed


Hollywood was all abuzz with the news that Barbie actor Ryan Gosling, who played himbo Ken in the summer’s blockbuster hit Barbie, gained an Oscar nom for his performance while star of the film Margot Robbie and director Greta Gerwig did not. Many ladies who loved the film were incensed. 

Even former Secretary of State former First Lady Hillary Clinton weighed in, giving advice to the “snubbed” ladies. “Greta & Margot,” she began before referencing her own failed bid to secure the presidency in 2016, “While it can sting to win the box office but not take home the gold, your millions of fans love you. You’re both so much more than Kenough.”

She then linked herself to the failure further, saying #HillaryBarbie.

Ryan Gosling took up his sword and shield and went full white knight for Gerwig and Robbie, saying “There is no Ken without Barbie.”

“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 being saying this, but I’m also incredible honored and proud that it’s for portraying a plastic doll named Ken,” Gosling’s statement begins. “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.”

The film was about Barbie dolls in their own dimension where women were in charge and shallowness reigned. That all came to an abrupt halt when Robbie’s Barbie began to question the deeper meaning of life and in so doing, cause major tumult in the Barbie universe. She couldn’t relate to Ken or her friends anymore and the women-centric world suddenly seemed lacking. She set off for the real world, found she didn’t like a universe where men were in charge, but now that she’d left Barbie land there was no way back. The film ends with Barbie being so empowered by her real femaleness that she foes to the gynecologist appointment.

America Ferrera, who was also nominated in the supporting actress category, said she was “incredibly disappointed.” 

“I was incredibly disappointed that they weren’t nominated,” she told Variety. “Greta has done just about everything that a director could do to deserve it. Creating this world, and taking something that didn’t have inherent value to most people and making it a global phenomenon. It feels disappointing to not see her on that list.”

Fans of the film on X were glad for Ferrera just as they were peeved that the director and lead actress did not make the cut. In her monologue, Ferrera said “It is literally impossible to be a woman. You are so beautiful, and so smart, and it kills me that you don’t think you’re good enough. Like, we have to always be extraordinary, but somehow we’re always doing it wrong.”

She praised Robbie, too, saying “What Margot achieved as an actress is truly unbelievable. One of the things about Margot as an actress is how easy she makes everything look. And perhaps people got fooled into thinking that the work seems easy, but Margot is a magician as an actress in front of the screen, and it was one of the honors of my career to get to witness her pull off the amazing performance she did. She brings so much heart and humor and depth and joy and fun to the character. In my book, she’s a master.”

Other found that the whole thing “didn’t sit right.”

Las Vegas News Magazine

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