Ryan Gosling on Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig's Oscar snubs: 'Their work should be recognised'

The Oscar nominee says he is disappointed by the Academy's decision to exclude the two women.

Ryan Gosling has shared his thoughts on the shocking Barbie Oscars snubs that have both Hollywood and fans outraged.

The actor - who plays Ken in the blockbuster film and was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category - addressed the fact that Greta Gerwig was shut out of the Best Director category and star Margot Robbie was left out of the Best Actress group, pointing out that “there is no Barbie movie” without the two women.

Ryan Gosling in Barbie.
Ryan Gosling has shared his thoughts on the shocking Barbie Oscars snubs that have both Hollywood and fans outraged. Photo: Warner Bros.

“I am extremely honoured to be nominated by my colleagues alongside such remarkable artists in a year of so many great films,” Ryan's statement said. “And I never thought I’d be saying this, but I’m also incredibly honoured 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.”


His statement continued: “Against all odds with nothing but a couple of soulless, scantily clad, and thankfully crotchless dolls, they made us laugh, they broke our hearts, they pushed the culture and they made history. Their work should be recognised along with the other very deserving nominees.

“Having said that, I am so happy for America Ferrera and the other incredible artists who contributed their talents to making this such a groundbreaking film.”

America, who plays Gloria, a human, in the film, was recognised for her work in the Best Supporting Actress category.

The movie itself was recognised in the prestigious Best Picture category with MSNBC host Jennifer Palmieri noting it “didn’t direct itself, friends!”.

Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie in Barbie.
While Ryan received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor, Margot Robbie missed out on a Best Actress nomination. Photo: Warner Bros.

Fans of the film were quick to jump on X/Twitter to share their displeasure with the snubs, with one user writing: “Greta Gerwig being snubbed at the #Oscars despite Barbie being the ONLY $1 billion movie solely directed by a woman feels VERY sus to me…”

Another person succinctly chimed in with “So Ryan Gosling’s nominated for playing Ken but Margot Robbie isn’t nominated for playing Barbie… in Barbie”.

And another still mused that “If Ryan deserved a nom, then Margot certainly did, the fact she wouldn't have won isn't the point. It almost feels like the Academy deliberately played into the theme of the movie to get people talking”.

The backlash is understandable given the commercial success of the movie - Barbie has made 1.446 billion dollars USD worldwide since its release in July 2023.


Despite being snubbed in the Best Actress and Director categories, the film is still up for 8 other awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay, Production and Costume Design.

The 96th Academy Awards will take place in Los Angeles on March 11, 2024, with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel returning once more as host.

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