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America Ferrera, Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling at a 'Barbie' premiere

Margot Robbie Celebrates Oscar Nominations & Cultural Impact of ‘Barbie’

Margot Robbie is opening up about Barbie’s many Oscar nominations and the cultural impact of the film.

In case you missed it, the movie is up for eight Oscars including Best Picture. But Margot, who both stars in and produced the film, didn’t receive a nod in the Best Actress category and Greta Gerwig wasn’t recognised in the Best Director category either – and let’s just say that after the nominations were announced, there was a whole lotta online love for the two women and a whole lotta questions for the academy behind the votes!

Speaking at a SAG-AFTRA event with co-stars Ryan Gosling, America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon and more, Margot addressed much of the online discourse:

“I mean, we’re beyond ecstatic we got eight Academy Award nominations,” she began. “We set out to do something that would shift culture, affect culture, just make some sort of impact. And it’s already done that, and some. Like, way more than we ever dreamed it would. And that is truly the biggest reward that could come out of all of this.”

And she’s right – the movie has generated global discussions around women, our roles in society and the impact of the patriarchy like we’ve never seen before. America’s now viral monologue has been quoted, memorised, celebrated by and moved women, young and old, across the internet. And let’s not forget how fashion and home decor literally turned pink for awhile there!

“I’ve never been a part of something like this. Not like this. I’ve done comic book stuff and that gets a big reaction, but this felt very different. It still feels very different. And I can’t think of a time when a movie’s had this effect on culture.”


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Margot said she’s equally thrilled for Ryan and America who are both nominated for an Oscar in the Supporting Actor categories. (Fun fact, America is the first actor of Honduran descent to receive an Oscar nomination in any category!)

And she added that yes, Greta should’ve been nominated for Best Director: “What she did was a once-in-a-lifetime thing. What she pulled off, it really is.”

The film raked in close to US$1.4bn at the box office globally, the only movie solely directed by a woman to ever cross the billion-dollar mark!

Last week, both Ryan and America celebrated their nominations but also took some time to speak out for both Margot and Greta. In a statement, Ryan said, “To say that I’m disappointed that they are not nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement,” adding that “there is no Ken without Barbie, and there is no Barbie movie without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie.”

(Feature Image Credit: Fred Duval/Shutterstock.com)

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Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.