Margot Robbie, the star and producer of the blockbuster hit Barbie, has finally spoken out about her Oscars nomination snub for best actress. The film, which was directed by Greta Gerwig, received eight Academy Award nominations, including best picture, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, and best adapted screenplay. However, many fans and critics were outraged that Robbie and Gerwig were left out of the best actress and best director categories, respectively.
Robbie, who played the iconic doll in a modern and feminist twist, said that she was not sad about the snub, but rather grateful for the film’s success and impact. “There’s no way to feel sad when you know you’re this blessed,” she said at a special SAG-AFTRA discussion with co-stars on Jan. 30, according to Deadline. “We set out to do something that would shift culture, affect culture, just make some sort of impact. And it’s already done that and some, way more than we ever dreamed it would. And that is truly the biggest reward that could come out of all of this.”
Robbie also praised Gerwig’s vision and direction, saying that she deserved to be nominated as well. “Obviously, I think Greta should be nominated as a director,” she said. “What she did is a once-in-a-career, once-in-a-lifetime thing. What she pulled off, it really is.” Gerwig, who co-wrote the screenplay with her partner Noah Baumbach, was nominated for best adapted screenplay, along with Baumbach.
Barbie, which was released in July 2023, became the highest-grossing film of the year, earning $1.38 billion worldwide. The film was widely praised for its clever and empowering take on the popular toy franchise, as well as its stellar performances from the cast. Robbie was joined by Ryan Gosling as Ken, America Ferrera as Gloria, and Timothée Chalamet as Skipper, among others.
Gosling and Ferrera, who were both nominated for best supporting actor and actress, expressed their disappointment and support for Robbie and Gerwig in previous statements. “There is no Ken without Barbie, and there is no Barbie movie without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie,” Gosling said. “The two people most responsible for this history-making, globally-celebrated film.” Ferrera said that the snubs underscored the film’s message of challenging the status quo. “It’s really a disappointment. It’s just so undeniable what they created. How unprecedented, how unexpected,” she said. “And I think that’s what people are bummed about.”
Despite the snubs, Barbie is still one of the frontrunners for the Oscars, which will take place on Feb. 25, 2024. The film will compete against other acclaimed films such as The Super Mario Bros Movie, The Matrix 4, Dune, and The French Dispatch for the coveted best picture prize. Robbie, who is also a producer on the film, said that she was proud of the film’s achievements and recognition. “I’ve never been a part of something like this,” she said. “I can’t think of a time when a movie’s had this effect on culture. And it’s amazing to be in the eye of the storm.”
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