The 'La La Land' actor was just as surprised as the rest of the world when Robbie and Gerwig were snubbed from Oscar nominations.
The world of cinema is full of surprising twists and turns. A movie that does well at the box office might not be appreciated by the critics and the critically-acclaimed ones might not be received well by the general audience. However, when it comes to awards, people have certain expectations and this year's Oscar nominations have caused a stir on the internet. As the nominations for the 96th Academy Awards were released on Tuesday, along came a statement from one of the nominees, Ryan Gosling that's going viral. Gosling expressed his feelings about being nominated for "Best Supporting Actor" and also opened up about his co-actor and director being snubbed, per ABC News.
"I am extremely honored to be nominated by my colleagues alongside such remarkable artists in a year of so many great films," said Gosling and added, "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." Though the "Blue Valentine" actor was glad about his third-time Oscar nomination, he couldn't fathom the fact that "Barbie" director Greta Gerwig and the female lead Margot Robbie weren't on the list. He said, "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."
Gosling continued to honor Robbie and Gerwig in his statement saying, "No recognition would be possible for anyone on the film without their talent, grit and genius," and added, "To say that I’m disappointed that they are not nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement." The actor didn't shy away from putting forward his bold opinion and 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 recognized along with the other very deserving nominees."
Greta Gerwig's brainchild "Barbie" has snagged 8 nominations at Oscars 2024 and apart from Gosling, America Ferrera also scored a place on the list for "Best Supporting Actress." The "La la Land" actor ended his statement by saying, "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." However, "Barbie" is among the 10 nominations for "Best Picture" and also bagged its place in other categories like "Best Costume Design," "Best Adapted Screenplay," "Best Original Song" for "I'm Just Ken" and "What Was I Made For?" and "Best Production Design."
The 96th Academy Awards is set to happen on March 10, at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood with Jimmy Kimmel hosting the show. Apart from "Barbie" a few more movies have scored multiple nominations. Being top-nominated this year, "Oppenheimer" leads the way with 13 nominations in total. Also, Emma Stone starring "Poor Things" scored 11 nominations and Martin Scorsese's "Killers of the Flower Moon" has 10.