Ryan Gosling may have received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Ken in Barbie, but he isn’t pleased that the two women most responsible for bringing the smash hit to life, director Greta Gerwig and Barbie herself, Margot Robbie, weren’t nominated in their respective categories.
Gosling began his statement with thanks to the Academy for his best supporting actor nomination while adding that he is “incredibly honored and proud that it’s for portraying a plastic doll named Ken.” But after this, Gosling goes on to say that he is “disappointed” with the Academy.
“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,” Gosling said in a statement.
“No recognition would be possible for anyone on 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.”
It was expected by many pundits that both Gerwig and Robbie would receive nods for their efforts. Robbie received a nomination at the Golden Globes for best actress in a musical or comedy, as well as Gerwig for best director. Gerwig was given an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay, and Robbie did receive a nomination as a producer for the film in the best picture category, but neither are these are what was expected.
“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,” Gosling added.
Ferrera did score a nomination for best supporting actress for her role in Barbie, but expressed her own disappointment in the Academy.
“Greta has done just about everything that a director could do to deserve it,” she told Variety. “Creating this world and taking something that didn’t have inherent value to most people and making it a global phenomenon. If feels disappointing to not see her on that list.”
Barbie has received eight nominations in total including costume design, production design, as well as the two original songs “I’m Just Ken” and “What Was I Made For?”.