Fans Are Quick to Point Out the Irony of ‘Barbie’ Oscar Snubs

Nominations for the 96th annual Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning.
Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie

Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie.

The list of this year’s Oscar nominees was released on Tuesday morning, and a few major names were missing. One of the most notable snubs, however, was the lack of recognition for Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Barbie in the Best Actress category and the film’s Greta Gerwig for Best Director.

Interestingly enough, Ryan Gosling was nominated for his role as Ken in Barbie, which is causing quite an uproar on social media. Many users on social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter) have pointed out the irony. 

“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…,” one person noted.

“Ryan Gosling, while deserving, got an Oscar nomination for Barbie while Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie didn’t? Completely proving the point of the movie in 20 f------ 24 you cannot make this up #Oscars2024 #Oscars,” someone else concurred

“Ken getting nominated and not Barbie is honestly so fitting for a film about a man discovering the power of patriarchy in the Real World,” another user added

With Barbie, Gerwig garnered the biggest box office opening from a female director in history, when the film raked in $155 million. When the movie amassed $1 billion at the box office, she became the first female director to reach the milestone.

In addition to Gosling’s recognition for Barbie, America Ferrera was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. The film was also nominated for Best Original Song, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. 

The 96th annual Academy Awards will air on ABC on Sunday, March 10.

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