Ryan Gosling and America Ferrera are just as upset as the rest of us over this year’s Oscars nominations!
Ever since the Barbie movie came out, everyone believed Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig would get nominated at the Academy Awards this year. Not only was it a massive success at the box office, arguably saving the movie theater business after the pandemic kept audiences away, but their work on-camera and off-camera created a film that deeply resonated with people worldwide. So the two women seemed like a shoo-in to get noms!
Barbie made audiences *feel* way more than “serious” movies.
But when the nominations dropped earlier today, people immediately noticed two glaring omissions. Margot failed to earn a nomination in the Best Actress category, while Greta was out of the running for Best Director. Naturally, fans of the Barbie movie were disappointed and shocked by snubs. And they weren’t alone in their feelings.
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Ryan, who scored a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role as Ken in the film, expressed his sadness over the news. He told People in a statement:
“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 on the film without their talent, grit and genius.”
The 43-year-old actress noted that his disappointment over their lack of nominations in the acting and directing categories “would be an understatement,” adding:
“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.”
While Ryan isn’t happy with how the nominations turned out, he is proud of not only himself but co-star, America Ferrera, who is in the running for Best Supporting Actress this year:
“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 incredibly honored and proud that it’s for portraying a plastic doll named Ken.”
Like Ryan, America also “was incredibly disappointed” Greta and Margot were snubbed! 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.”
And The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants star took a moment to praise Margot as well, 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.”
Although Barbie made history as one of three films directed by a woman to earn a best picture nod, America just wants to see female directors “acknowledged” for their great work moving forward:
“It’s as it should be. Women filmmakers telling all different kinds of stories that resonate in different ways in the culture is the goal. I would love to see even even more female-directed movies on the list and to see more female directors acknowledged for making the best cinema of the year.”
It’s a real shame the Academy didn’t give Margot and Greta the recognition they deserved for their work on this film. Reactions, Perezcious readers? Sound OFF in the comments below.
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