Barbie star Ryan Gosling voiced his “disappointment” after the film’s cast and crew failed to be nominated for the upcoming Oscars.
On Tuesday afternoon, it was revealed that Barbie had earned eight nominations at this year’s Academy Awards, including individual acting nods for Ryan and co-star America Ferrera.
However, lead actor Margot Robbie was noticeably absent from the Best Actress shortlist, while Greta Gerwig was also left out of the Best Director nominations (though she was recognized in the Best Adapted Screenplay category).
This sparked much debate on social media, with many pointing out the irony that Ryan had been nominated while Margot had not.
In a statement issued to CBS News on Tuesday evening, Ryan said: “To say that I am disappointed that they were not nominated in their respective categories is an understatement.
“Against all odds with just a pair of soulless, scantily clad, and thankfully crotchless puppets, they made us laugh, they broke our hearts, they fueled culture and they made history.
“Their work should be recognized along with other worthy nominees.”Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie at the UK premiere of Barbie last year
Celebrating his own Oscar nomination, which was the third of Ryan’s career, he added: “I’m so honored to be nominated by my peers alongside such incredible artists in a year with so many great films.
“And I never thought I’d say this, but I’m also very honored and proud that it depicts a plastic doll named Ken.
“But there’s no Ken without Barbie, and there’s no Barbie movie without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie, the two people most responsible for this history-making, globally celebrated film.”
Ryan also showed his support for America Ferrera and the “amazing artists” from the Barbie team who were also nominated.
On Tuesday night, the former Ugly Betty star said she had no confidence in her candidacy, commenting: “I still can’t really understand how I feel because I’m still like the top layer of ‘I can’t. even believe that this is real’.”
America added: “It’s great to see so many women recognized in the supporting actress category and thrilled that Lily Gladstone is also in the Best Actress category.
“We should enjoy the work and performances of all types of artists. Opportunities are created for these artists to create. It’s exciting to see those opportunities actually exist in this film year for women of color to shine and be a part of making the best films of the year.”America Ferrera, Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie at the Barbie premiere in Seoul
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However, he added that he was “very disappointed” that Margot and Greta were not nominated for Best Actress and Best Director.
“Greta has done everything a director can do to deserve it,” he insisted, praising Margot.
“What Margot achieved as an actress is truly extraordinary,” he said. “One of the things about Margot as an actress is how effortless she makes things look.
“And maybe people are fooled into thinking that her job looks easy, but Margot is a magician as an actress on screen, and it was one of the honors of my career to watch her pull off the incredible performances that she did. .
“He brings so much heart, humor, depth, joy and fun to his characters. In my book, he is a master.”
“Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie made history and raised the bar with Barbie,” America later told CBS News in a separate statement.
“The cultural and industrial impact they achieved will be felt for generations and I cannot thank them enough for asking me to be a part of this.”
See the complete list of Oscar nominees here.