Barbie secured eight Oscar nominations, but lead actor Margot Robbie and director Greta Gerwig found themselves excluded from the crucial categories of Best Actress and Best Director. Fans of the film responded to the snub, using platforms like Twitter to emphasize how this reflects ‘gender bias in the real world.’
A post on Twitter from a fan stated, “The nomination of Ken (Ryan Gosling) while overlooking Barbie (Margot Robbie) is quite fitting for a movie centered on a man exploring the influence of gender bias in the real world.”
Another fan expressed their disappointment, stating, “Greta Gerwig crafted a film that received critical acclaim, left a cultural impact, was humorous, distinctive, visually outstanding, impeccably cast and acted, evoked laughter, tears, and contemplation, and grossed a billion dollars at the box office. Yet, no Best Director nomination?! Barbie.”
Numerous individuals voiced their disappointment at Margot Robbie’s exclusion from the Best Actress category. A fan expressed their frustration, stating, “While Ryan Gosling receives a nomination for portraying Ken, Margot Robbie isn’t recognized for her portrayal of Barbie in the Barbie Oscars.”
In response to the nominations, another remark was made, “The nomination of Ken for an Oscar while overlooking Barbie and her director essentially sums up the entire film.” Another perspective was shared in a different comment, stating, “If Ryan deserved a nomination, Margot certainly did as well; the point isn’t whether she would win. It feels like the Academy intentionally played into the movie’s theme to generate discussions. Oscars haven’t truly been about merit for a long time.”
In the meantime, Barbie received nominations in various categories such as Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, and two nods in Best Original Song.