The ‘Barbie’ Snubs at the Oscars Is Disappointing – But Let’s Not Forget That the Latina Star, America Ferrera, Received Her First Oscar Nomination

The ‘Barbie’ Snubs at the Oscars Is Disappointing – But Let’s Not Forget That the Latina Star, America Ferrera, Received Her First Oscar Nomination
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The 2024 Oscar nominations left many scratching their heads as Ryan Gosling, known for his role as Ken in the “Barbie” movie, snagged a Best Supporting Actor nomination while Margot Robbie, who portrayed Barbie herself, was left empty-handed. Adding to the shock, Greta Gerwig, the film’s director, received no recognition either. The irony is palpable considering the “Barbie” movie’s exploration of unjust patriarchal systems and societal standards. 

America Ferrera and Ryan Gosling Speak Out Amid the Oscar Snubs

The film, which championed the empowerment of women in overcoming societal challenges, conveyed its powerful message throughout. America Ferrera, who portrayed Gloria, delivered a compelling monologue that resonated with viewers. Despite the film’s evident snub, it’s crucial to highlight Ferrera’s milestone — her first Oscar nomination — and her position as one of the few Latinas recognized by the prestigious award show, nominated for Best Supporting Actress in “Barbie.” 

Ever the self-aware Latina queen, Ferrera expressed disappointment over her co-stars’ snubs in a statement to Variety. She emphasized Gerwig’s remarkable achievements, saying, “Greta has done just about everything that a director could do to deserve it.” Ferrera expressed disappointment in Gerwig’s absence from the Best Director category, stating, “Creating this world, and taking something that didn’t have inherent value to most people and making it a global phenomenon. It feels disappointing to not see her on that list.” 

Speaking on Robbie’s overlooked brilliance, Ferrera defended her co-star, calling her a “magician as an actress in front of the screen.” Ferrera stated, “Margot is a magician as an actress in front of the screen, and it was one of the honors of my career to get to witness her pull off the amazing performance she did.” 

Ryan Gosling, acknowledging the absence of his co-stars too, expressed gratitude for his nomination and acknowledged the essential roles played by Gerwig and Robbie in the success of the “Barbie” movie. He said, “No recognition would be possible for anyone on the film without their talent, grit and genius.” 

Gosling went on to express disappointment over the oversight, stating, “To say that I’m disappointed that they are not nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement.” He praised Gerwig and Robbie for breaking boundaries with the globally celebrated film. 

Ferrera echoed Gosling’s sentiments, appreciating her nomination while standing up for Gerwig and Robbie. Despite the acknowledgment, both actors emphasized the groundbreaking nature of the “Barbie” movie, which made history on a global scale. 

What’s Next?

The burning question remains: How did the Academy Awards miss the profound messaging in the “Barbie” movie? Is the decision-making table filled with individuals out of touch with societal concerns, or perhaps, a team of Will Ferrells oblivious to what truly matters? (If you watched the “Barbie” movie, you understand this reference – and if you’ve yet to watch it, what are you waiting for?)  

The call for more conscious award shows resonates, signaling that it’s about time to recognize the impact of films like “Barbie” and the voices behind them. May future award ceremonies prioritize substance over oversight. 

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