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Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling pictured with America Ferrera, Ariana Greenblatt, Issa Rae, Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig at a Barbie press event in 2023. They are all dressed in shades of pink, except for Margot who is in black.

Ryan Gosling Oscars Statement: “There is No Ken Without Barbie”

Ryan Gosling has released a statement about the Oscars, referring to both his own nomination and the incredible women who missed out.

The actor, who portrayed Ken in Barbie, is up for Best Supporting Actor while his co-star, America Ferrera, is nominated for Best Supporting Actress – and has made history as the first actor of Honduran descent to be nominated in any category.

However, director Greta Gerwig and star Margot Robbie, the brilliant minds behind the iconic film (and the cultural phenomenon of 2023), have surprisingly not been recognised by the Academy.

“I am extremely honoured to be nominated by my colleagues alongside such remarkable artists in a year of so many great films,” he says, as shared by multiple media outlets including The Hollywood Reporter.

“And I never thought I’d be saying this, but I’m also incredibly honoured and proud that it’s for portraying a plastic doll named Ken. But 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.”

Ryan continues, “Against all odds with nothing but a couple of soulless, scantily clad, and thankfully crotchless dolls, they made us laugh, they broke our hearts, they pushed the culture and they made history. Their work should be recognised along with the other very deserving nominees.”

He ends his statement, “Having said that, I am so happy for America Ferrera and the other incredible artists who contributed their talents to making this such a groundbreaking film.”


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Earlier, America Ferrera also shared a statement with VarietyCelebrating her win, she said “there was a moment where I wasn’t sure if I had made it up.” She added that she was “incredibly disappointed” to see Greta and Margot had however missed out.

“Greta has done just about everything that a director could do to deserve it. 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.”

She added, “What Margot achieved as an actress is truly unbelievable. One of the things about Margot as an actress is how easy she makes everything look. And perhaps people got fooled into thinking that the work seems easy, but Margot is a magician as an actress in front of the screen, and it was one of the honours of my career to get to witness her pull off the amazing performance she did. She brings so much heart and humour and depth and joy and fun to the character. In my book, she’s a master.”

Read the full list of Oscars nominees HERE.

(Feature Image Credit: Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock.com)

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.