Whoopi Goldberg declared that “everybody doesn’t win” at the Academy Awards after Barbie fans questioned why director Greta Gerwig and star Margot Robbie weren’t nominated in the Best Director and Best Lead Actress categories at the awards show.
While the Barbie film overall received eight nominations, a number of social media users questioned why Ryan Gosling (who plays Ken) received a nomination for his supporting role in the film, while his co-star was overlooked.
Ryan, along with co-stars America Ferrera (a fellow Oscar nominee) and Simu Liu, have since expressed their disappointment over the snub.
The four-time Academy Awards host and EGOT winner, on Wednesday, told The View panel that there was “no insult.”
“That’s what I want to show. It’s not the elite, but the entire Academy family who chooses the Best Picture nominees. “We all voted for Best Picture, everyone,” Whoopi said, referring to the 10 films nominated in the category.
“You don’t get everything you want to get.”Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig at the Barbie premiere in London last year
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Co-host Sunny Hostin interjected before stating that she wanted Origin’s Ava DuVernay to receive a nomination at the awards show.
“I think it’s an insult,” Sunni said before Whoopi chimed in again.
“But there’s no underestimating it,” said Whoopi, while Sunni agreed: “Not everyone gets a treat.”
Whoopi then continued: “That’s what you have to remember, not everyone gets gifts. And it’s subjective, films are subjective, the films you like may not be liked by the people who voted.”
Whoopi previously defended the film after conservative outrage last year.
The View host, who wowed with several Barbie heads during the show, highlighted that this is “a movie about dolls.”
“That’s a movie, that’s a movie. “That’s what we do, we make films. We make films about all kinds of things,” he said last July.
“And they talk about two things – they talk about the real world where everyone lives and they talk about the Barbie world. And those are two different things and they’re meant to make you think or stop for a moment.
“It’s not meant to do anything but give you a good time. Go see the movie.”