Ryan Gosling, America Ferrera Defend Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig After Oscars Snubs for 'Barbie'
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While the movie received eight nominations, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Gosling and Best Supporting Actress for Ferrera, Robbie and Gerwig missed the cut in their respective categories.

AceShowbiz - Ryan Gosling and America Ferrera have spoken up after their "Barbie" co-star Margot Robbie and director Greta Gerwig were snubbed from the nominations for the 96th Academy Awards. While the movie received a total of eight nominations, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Gosling and Best Supporting Actress for Ferrera, Robbie and Gerwig missed the cut in their respective categories that were Best Actress and Best Director.

Reacting to the nominations, the Ken depicter first celebrated his nod as he said in a statement, "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 incredible honored and proud that it's for portraying a plastic doll named Ken."

Defending Robbie and Gerwig, he then added, "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."

Ferrera also voiced her feelings over the snubs. "I was incredibly disappointed that they weren't nominated," she told Variety on Tuesday, January 23. "Greta has done just about everything that a director could do to deserve it. Creating this world, and taking something that didn’t have inherent value to most people and making it a global phenomenon. It feels disappointing to not see her on that list."

The "Ugly Betty" alum then sang praise for Robbie, saying that "what [she] achieved as an actress is truly unbelievable" in "Barbie". She raved, "One of the things about Margot as an actress is how easy she makes everything look. And perhaps people got fooled into thinking that the work seems easy."

"But Margot is a magician as an actress in front of the screen, and it was one of the honors of my career to get to witness her pull off the amazing performance she did," the 39-year-old continued, "She brings so much heart and humor and depth and joy and fun to the character. In my book, she's a master."

Ferrera went on reasoning why Robbie and Gerwig deserved Oscars nominations. "Their work in both of those categories was phenomenal and in my book [they] deserve to be acknowledged for the history they made, for the ground they broke, for the beautiful artistry," she told EW. "They're my girls, and I want to see them celebrated for their amazingness, so that part of it is definitely bittersweet."

As for her nomination, Ferrera admitted she feels "waves of emotion and disbelief and overwhelm." She gushed, "It's so surreal and a dream come true for me. I can so viscerally remember being a kid watching the Academy Awards and watching Halle Berry win, watching Julia Roberts win, and just dreaming one day that I would be in that room. It's a lot to process. It's exciting to say the least. I think words kind of fail."

Fans have also slammed the Academy for failing to nominate Robbie and Grewig at the 2024 Oscars. One person voiced their shock on X, formerly Twitter, "can't stop thinking about the greta gerwig and margot robbie (someone i didn't even particularly want to be nominated!) snubs. to nominate ryan and america and NOT the lead? NOT the director? just a baffling decision all around."

A second user reacted, "The Barbie Oscar snubs for best actress for Margot Robbie and best director for Greta Gerwig, while Ryan Gosling gets nominated for best supporting actor, are a different level of egregious and tone deaf." A third person admitted they's "SHOCKED & disappointed" by the snubs, while another called the Academy's decision "so messed up."

While Gerwig didn't make the cut in the director category, she received a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for "Barbie", which she shares with her husband Noah Baumbach. The movie also received two nominations for Best Original Song (for "I'm Just Ken" and "What Was I Made For"), and a nomination each for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.

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