Ryan Gosling Expresses Disappointment Over Oscar Snubs for ‘Barbie’ Costars and Director

LOS ANGELES – Actor Ryan Gosling expressed gratitude for his Oscar nomination for best supporting actor in the film “Barbie,” but raised concerns about the Academy’s omission of his costar Margot Robbie for best actress and the film’s director Greta Gerwig for best director.

“To say that I’m disappointed that they are not nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement,” Gosling said in a statement. “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 recognized along with the other very deserving nominees.”

“Barbie” was a global sensation, earning over $1.4 billion worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing movie of the year. The film received a total of eight Oscar nominations, including best picture. Alongside Gosling, America Ferrera also received a nomination for best supporting actress.

Gosling added, “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 be 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.”

Ferrera, too, expressed her surprise and appreciation for the Oscar nomination. She mentioned being disappointed that Robbie and Gerwig did not receive nominations. “Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie made history and raised the bar with Barbie. The cultural and industry impact they’ve achieved will be felt for generations, and I’m so thankful to them for asking me to be a part of it.”

“Barbie” also received nine Golden Globe nominations and won two awards, including best original song for Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For?” In 2018, Gerwig was nominated for best director for “Lady Bird,” while Guillermo del Toro won the award for “The Shape of Water.”

The snub of Robbie and Gerwig has sparked a debate about the Academy’s selection process and the recognition of female directors. Despite the disappointment, Gosling and Ferrera both expressed their support and admiration for the entire cast and crew of “Barbie.”