Ryan Gosling responded to his Oscar nomination with a touch of gratitude and a dash of disappointment after Barbie film’s director and lead actresses, Greta Gerwig, and Margot Robbie were notably left off from the nominations.
Gosling, the actor who brought Ken from Barbie to life in Gerwig’s 2023 blockbuster, has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and expressed his gratitude "to be nominated by my colleagues alongside such remarkable artists in a year of so many great films."
In the statement by him, shared on X, formerly known as Twitter, by a New York Times reporter Gosling noted in a playful note, "It’s for portraying a plastic doll named Ken."
However, mood was shifted as he expressed his disappointment over Gerwig and Robbie’s snub, emphasizing, "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."
Describing the omission as more than a mere disappointment, Gosling put forward a critical perspective, stating "Against all odds with nothing but a couple of soulless, scantily clad, and thankfully crotchless dolls, [Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie] made us laugh, they broke our hearts, they pushed the culture and they made history. Their work should be recognized along with the other very deserving nominees."
He wrapped up his statement by expressing happiness for the nomination of America Ferrera and other contributors to the 2023 blockbuster hit film.
For the unversed, Barbie hit the cinema screen in July 2023 and broke the box office records by bringing in a whopping $1.45 billion globally.