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Barbie stars react to Margot Robbie's Oscars snub

Margot Robbie has been largely snubbed by the Oscars after failing to score an Actress in a Leading Role nomination for Barbie.

The hit movie – which was a major success last year and became the highest-grossing film of 2023 – received eight nods in today's (January 23) Academy Award nominations.

While Barbie is up for Best Picture, with Robbie scoring a nomination as a producer, the star was shut out of the Best Actress race after widely being expected to land a nomination. Director Greta Gerwig also failed to land a Best Director nod.

The film scored eight nods overall, including acting nominations for Ryan Gosling and America Ferrera, as well as Adapted Screenplay for Gerwig and Noah Baumbach and song nominations for 'I'm Just Ken' and 'What Was I Made For?'.

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Now, Ferrera has reacted to her co-star missing out on the nomination, telling Deadline: "They're my girls, and I want to see their incredible, amazing work celebrated. They made history, they set a new bar. They not only broke box office records, but made something that resonated around the globe, and the impact of what they made is, and will continue to be felt in our culture. I think I join a lot of people in wanting to see them acknowledged for that.

"People got interested in what Greta's mind as a filmmaker would do with Barbie, and she just assembled incredible artist after incredible artist, in front of the camera and behind the camera, to bring her vision to life. The script was so funny and subversive and irreverent, but also dared to really have a heart and a message."

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Ryan Gosling, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, also shared his disappointment: "I am extremely honored to be nominated by my colleagues alongside such remarkable artists in a year of so many great films. And I never thought I’d being saying this, but I’m also incredibly honored and proud that it’s for portraying a plastic doll named Ken.

"But 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.

"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.”

Many on social media expressed their disappointment at Robbie and Gerwig's snubs, one pointing out on X (formerly Twitter): "Nominating Barbie for 8 Oscars (including Best Picture and 2 acting nominations) but not nominating Margot Robbie for actually playing Barbie is just weird behavior."

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"Genuinely shocked neither Margot Robbie nor Greta Gerwig got nominated for Oscars," another added, while a third said: "So Ryan Gosling's nominated for playing Ken but Margot Robbie isn't nominated for playing Barbie… in Barbie."

The big nominations winner this year was Barbenheimer rival Oppenheimer, which has 13 nods including Best Picture, Best Director for Christopher Nolan, and acting nominations for Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt and Robert Downey Jr.

Poor Things followed with 11 nominations, while Killers of the Flower Moon has 10 and Maestro has seven. Behind them with five each were American Fiction, The Holdovers, Anatomy of a Fall and The Zone of Interest.

The 96th Academy Awards take place on Sunday, March 10 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. It will be broadcast on ITV in the UK.


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