No Ken Without Barbie: Ryan Gosling's Oscar Nomination Takes Bittersweet Turn

Ryan Gosling criticized the Academy for this year's Oscar nominations, he said he was "disappointed" even though he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor

by Sededin Dedovic
No Ken Without Barbie: Ryan Gosling's Oscar Nomination Takes Bittersweet Turn
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Ryan Gosling has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Ken in the critically acclaimed "Barbie" at this year's Academy Awards. However, even though he was very excited and pleased to be nominated, there was a hint of disappointment in his speech.

The absence of his colleague Margot Robbie (Barbie) and director Greta Gerwig in their respective categories caused stormy reactions among critics, and Gosling himself was surprised. "There's no Ken without Barbie, and there's no Barbie movie without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie," Gosling said in a statement, highlighting their combined influence on the film's success.

"The two people most responsible for this history-making film. No recognition would have been possible for anyone on this film without their talent, courage and ingenuity. To say I'm disappointed they weren't nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement.

" Fans and critics supported Gosling and pointed out that Robbie's approach to the character of Barbie, which defies expectations and subverts stereotypes, deserves recognition. Gerwig's vision, which created the world of the iconic doll amid societal pressures, was also praised.

A source told the Daily Mail that Ryan "believes his role was so well received thanks to Margo and Greta, which is why his performance in the first place was Oscar-worthy." "He's ecstatic, but it's bittersweet because he can't share his joy with Greta and Margo." The nominations have caused a lot of reactions and criticism, but one question is the most important: Is there a tendency to overlook projects led by women, even when they achieve widespread recognition? The answers are quite complex and a detailed analysis is needed, but these nominations were certainly marked by this case of Gosling being nominated as a supporting role, but without Margot Robbie as the main role, and all this in a film that enjoys enormous popularity among feminist associations.

Gosling to perform "I'm Just Ken" during the ceremony and we'll see if they talk about their feelings about Margo and Greta not being nominated. Gosling thanked his colleagues for the nomination via social networks. "I am extremely honored to be nominated by my colleagues alongside such outstanding artists in a year with so many great films.

I never thought I'd say this, but I'm also incredibly honored and proud that it's for a portrait of a plastic doll named Ken."