While the discourse surrounding whether or not Barbie was snubbed at the upcoming Oscars is quickly getting tiresome, we have the latest news to share.
Although certain corners of the internet would have you believe that Barbie was completely overlooked at this year’s Academy Awards, the film actually picked up eight nominations, including two separate nominations in the Best Original Song category.
Ever since we found out I’m Just Ken was up for the award, we’ve been waiting for Ryan Gosling to bring his unique brand of Ken-ergy to the Oscar stage – but now it’s been revealed that that probably won’t happen.
“I still haven’t been asked,” he told Variety as part of a broader interview published on Wednesday. “It might be too big of a risk for me to do that.”
The Canadian actor added that while he’s not sure “how it’s going to work out,” he’s very “open” to being invited to perform.
Seriously, Oscar bosses. Don’t take this away from us.
Meanwhile, music producer Mark Ronson – who co-wrote I’m Just Ken – said he didn’t want anyone but Ryan to perform the song at the Academy Awards.
“If Ryan doesn’t do it then we won’t do it,” the Oscar winner told Variety at the Grammys last weekend.Mark Ronson and Ryan Gosling at the Critics’ Choice Awards
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Ryan earned his third Oscar nomination for his performance as Ken in the film Barbie, and recently voiced his disappointment that Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig failed to snag awards for acting and directing, respectively.
“To say that I was disappointed that they were not nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement,” he said.
“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.”
It’s worth noting that Greta is still nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, alongside her husband and co-writer Noah Baumbach, while Margot has been recognized as a Barbie producer in the Best Picture category.