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Ryan Gosling Brings Down the House with Epic Oscars 'I'm Just Ken' Performance — and Has Surprise Guests!

The nominee took the stage to perform the 'Barbie' song at the 2024 Oscars

Ryan Gosling is bringing his highest Ken-ergy to the 2024 Oscars stage Sunday night.

The actor, 43, dressed in a hot pink suit and black cowboy hat, kicked off his performance of the Oscar-nominated song “I’m Just Ken" from the audience, where his Barbie costar Margot Robbie couldn't contain her laughter as he sang directly to her.

On stage, he was joined by Mark Ronson and a group of men dressed in suits and cowboy hats including his fellow Kens Scott Evans, Simu Liu, Kingsley Ben-Adir and Ncuti Gatwa.

After being surrounded by large cartoon Barbie heads and being carried by the Kens, Gosling was joined by Slash and Wolfgang Van Halen to end the epic performance. He then returned to the audience where the crowd, including his Barbie costar America Ferrera and director Greta Gerwig, sang along to the iconic number.

<p>PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty</p> Canadian actor Ryan Gosling (C) performs "I'm Just Ken" from "Barbie" onstage during the 96th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 10, 2024.

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Canadian actor Ryan Gosling (C) performs "I'm Just Ken" from "Barbie" onstage during the 96th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 10, 2024.


“I’m Just Ken,” written by Ronson and Andrew Wyatt, is one of Barbie’s two nominations in the Best Original Song category, alongside Billie Eilish and Finneas’ “What Was I Made For?”

The tracks are up against “The Fire Inside” from Flamin’ Hot, “It Never Went Away” from American Symphony and “Wahzhazhe (A Song For My People)" from Killers of the Flower Moon.

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<p>PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty</p> Canadian actor Ryan Gosling (C) performs "I'm Just Ken" from "Barbie" onstage during the 96th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 10, 2024.

PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty

Canadian actor Ryan Gosling (C) performs "I'm Just Ken" from "Barbie" onstage during the 96th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 10, 2024.

Gosling has been enjoying the walk-up to the Oscars, even appearing with his Barbie co-stars America Ferrera and Kate McKinnon in a hilarious Oscars 2024 TV promo.

Although Gosling doesn’t receive credit if the song wins — that honor goes to Ronson and Wyatt — the Barbie star was recognized in the Best Supporting Actor category for his performance as Ken (the award ultimately went to Oppenheimer's Robert Downey Jr.). His nod for the box-office hit marks his third at the Academy Awards, with the last coming in 2016 for the musical La La Land.

"I'm Just Ken" won best original song at this year’s Critics Choice Awards, eliciting a confused expression from Gosling that went viral on social media. During Ronson and Wyatt’s acceptance speech, the duo gave the actor a shoutout for his “matchless performance.”

<p>PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty </p> Ryan Gosling and Slash perform 'I'm Just Ken' at the 96th Academy Awards

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Ryan Gosling and Slash perform 'I'm Just Ken' at the 96th Academy Awards

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“This is as much your award as ours. You made the audience fall in love with this song,” they said to The Notebook actor.

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The 96th Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, are airing live Sunday from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.

<p>PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty</p> Ryan Gosling performs "I'm Just Ken" at the 96th Academy Awards

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Ryan Gosling performs "I'm Just Ken" at the 96th Academy Awards

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