July 14, 2024

The 2024 awards season is proving the point of the “Barbie” movie: here’s why

The Oscar nominations were revealed Tuesday, Jan. 23 and the results for the “Barbie” movie were not only lack-luster, but seemed to show the entire point of the movie is being blatantly ignored. 

The debut of the “Barbie” movie took the world by a storm in theaters across the world this summer with Greta Gerwig’s new perspective on the well-loved plastic doll. 

Movie-goers sported pink outfits, not knowing what to expect of the live-action film, and many women left feeling empowered and heard with the feminist message of the movie. 

Ryan Gosling and America Ferrara at a Q&A on the press tour for the “Barbie” movie

The film tastefully tackled the topic of the patriarchy and the issues women face everyday by taking “Stereotypical Barbie,” portrayed by Margot Robbie, from her perfect world in Barbie Land, where women rule all, and throwing her the reality of the real world where she was given a rude-awakening. 

America Ferrara’s monologue about the expectations and double standard for women perfectly encapsulated how it feels to be a woman in the modern world and hit home for many viewers. 

In this monologue she states, “It is literally impossible to be a woman…like, we have to always be extraordinary, but somehow we’re always doing it wrong.” This is ironic given the Oscars are notorious for snubbing female directors in the Best Director category, and have once again proven that with this year’s nominations.

 In fact, Greta Gerwig has been nominated at the Oscars for Best Picture three times, but has only been nominated for Best Director once for her film “Lady Bird.” 

America Ferrera received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and rightfully so, but Margot Robbie missed out on a nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Meanwhile, Ryan Gosling was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Ken. 

Robbie recently broke her silence on the matter, when she said in a panel “There’s no way to feel sad when you know you’re this blessed…Obviously, I think Greta should be nominated as a director. What she did is a once-in-a-career, once-in-a-lifetime thing. What she pulled off, it really is. But it’s been an incredible year for all the films.”

Gosling voiced his disapproval of these results in a statement when he said “…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. To say that I’m disappointed that they are not nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement.” 

Gosling was also visibly disappointed during the Emmys when “I’m Just Ken” won over Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For?” The songs are once again going head-to-head at the Oscars, so viewers are eager to see if the Oscars redeem themselves.


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