Eva Mendes supports Ryan Gosling, whose performance as Ken ultimately proves the critics wrong.
Greta Gerwig’s Barbie made box office history last year, but was initially mocked because the project was too twee for Ryan – whose first photo as the character was met with derision. Her performance has been nominated for an Oscar, prompting her long-time colleagues to speak out.
“So proud of my man,” wrote Eva on Instagram, Wednesday. “It was so hateful when he took on this role. So many people tried to shame him for doing that.”
“Despite all the #Notmyken mockery and articles written about him, he created a truly original, funny, heartbreaking and now iconic character and carried it all the way to the Oscars,” he continued, referring to Ryan’s award for Best Supporting Actor.
Eva even shared part of an article partially titled, Ryan Gosling Is Terrifying As Ken In Barbie,” likening him to “one of those creepy older West Hollywood dudes who still think they’re in their 20s.” While it may be lip service, it is not an anomaly.
Some people see Barbie as a cash grab from Mattel’s famous doll line or a real failure to overcome corporate influence. Others saw it as a clarion call for feminism that turned its stars and producers Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig into role models for women.
Although Margot and Greta received Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay respectively, fans couldn’t help but notice that this female-led phenomenon kept them out of the Best Actor and Best Director categories – while Ryan was recognized by the Academy.Gosling, Gerwig and Robbie were each nominated for an Oscar on Tuesday.
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Ken himself reacted to the debatable “insult” in his solidarity statement on Wednesday.
“I’m very honored to be nominated… But there’s no Ken without Barbie, and there’s no Barbie movie without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie,” he told several media outlets.
“No recognition would have been possible for anyone in this film without their talent, grit and genius,” he continued. “To say that I was disappointed that they were not nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement.”
Although America Ferrera publicly agreed (and received the Best Supporting Actress award), not everyone felt the same way. Meanwhile, Ryan – whose performance in I’m Just Ken prompted a Best Original Song award for writer Mark Ronson – could be said to have won.
“Very proud to be Barbie Ken,” wrote Eva in her post.