Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig faced disappointment as they were not nominated for 2024 Academy Awards despite their roles in the highly successful film “Barbie.”
The snub has sparked widespread outrage, with critics suggesting that this omission will be a lasting stain on the Academy’s choices.
Despite the absence of Robbie and Gerwig from the nominations list, “Barbie” itself received recognition in eight categories, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Ryan Gosling, and Best Supporting Actress for America Ferrera.
Dave Karger, Turner Classic Movies host and author of 50 Oscar Nights, expressed his views on the matter to People Magazine.
He emphasized that excluding Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie, who directed and starred in a movie that highlights the marginalization of impressive women, reflects poorly on the Academy.
Even though they both received nominations for their work on ‘Barbie’ in other categories, these two high-profile omissions will be remembered — and they will sting — for a long time.”
The expert suggested a potential bias within the Academy, noting a tendency to favor heavier dramas over true comedies.
Greta and Margot surely made it onto thousands of ballots, but since those ballots are weighted towards voters’ No. 1 and No. 2 favorites, we can assume they simply didn’t earn enough of those top-tier votes.”
Actor Ryan Gosling, who earned a nomination for Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as Ken in “Barbie,” issued a heartfelt statement expressing his disappointment regarding the absence of his co-stars Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig from the nominations list. He said,
There is no Ken without Barbie, and there is no Barbie movie without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie… No recognition would be possible for anyone on the film without their talent, grit, and genius.”