Ryan Gosling Advocates for Margot Robbie, Greta Gerwig Following Oscar Snubs: ‘No Ken Without Barbie’

Fans and cinema enthusiasts have also chimed in on social media to express frustration with the Academy Award nominations.
Ryan Gosling, Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie

Ryan Gosling, Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie.

Barbie’s leading man is speaking up about the irony of this year’s Oscar nominations.

Ryan Gosling, who played Ken in Greta Gerwig’s hit film from last summer, opposite Margot Robbie’s Barbie, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for the 2024 Academy Awards. Despite the film itself being nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, breaking numerous box office records and winning a Golden Globe for Cinematic and Box Office Achievement recently, Robbie and Gerwig were not nominated in the lead actress and director categories, respectively.

“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 being saying this, but I’m also incredibly honored and proud that it’s for portraying a plastic doll named Ken,” the Crazy Stupid Love star wrote in a statement released by his team. “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.”

“No recognition would be possible for anyone on the film without their talent, grit and genius,” he continued. “To say that I’m disappointed that they are not nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement. 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.”

Fans were also on board with Gosling’s sentiments and echoed his emotion all over X (formerly known as Twitter) and other social media platforms.

Canadian actor Simu Liu, who plays one of the other Kens in the film also took to X to express his frustration.

“Being involved in a small way gave me a window into just how hard Greta and Margot had to fight to get Barbie made, and how flawlessly they executed,” he wrote. “Together they started a movement, touched the world and reinvigorated the cinema. They deserve everything. They ARE everything.”

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Ananya Panchal


Ananya Panchal is a NYC-based Lifestyle & Trending News writer at SI Swimsuit. Before joining the Swim team, the Boston University Alum worked for culture & entertainment beats at Bustle, The San Francisco Chronicle and the TODAY Show. When Ananya is not writing or doom-scrolling on social media, she can be found playing sudoku, rewatching One Tree Hill or trying new restaurants. She's also a coffee and chocolate (separately) enthusiast.