Margot Robbie isn’t bummed that she wasn’t nominated for a best actress Oscar for starring in Barbie.
But the actress says that Greta Gerwig’s lack of consideration in the best director category is a bit mystifying.
“Obviously I think Greta should be nominated as a director, because what she did is a once-in-a-career, once-in-a-lifetime thing, what she pulled off, it really is,” Robbie said when she joined her Barbie co-stars for a SAG-AFTRA discussion in Los Angeles this week [per Deadline]. “But it’s been an incredible year for all the films.”
Robbie added she’s “ecstatic” with the film’s eight nominations, including best picture, adapted screenplay, supporting actor for Ryan Gosling, supporting actress for America Ferrera, costume design, production design and two noms for original song.
“There’s no way to feel sad when you know you’re this blessed,” she said.
“Everyone getting the nods that they’ve had is just incredible, and the best picture nod.” Robbie said, for which she’s a nominee as one of the film’s producers. “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, way more than we ever dreamed it would. And that is truly the biggest reward that could come out of all of this.”
Robbie said that audience reaction to the film — Barbie was the highest-grossing movie of 2023 — has been the biggest reward of all.
“Whether it’s seeing what people are writing online, or even just seeing how much pink I can see in this room right now … I’ve never been a part of something like this,” she said. “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. And it’s amazing to be in the eye of the storm.”
With Robbie already a winner at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards and Gerwig receiving best director noms at the Directors Guild of America, the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice, the Academy’s Barbie snubs were immediately panned by fans of the film.
“Both Gerwig and Robbie ignored…it’s still so easy for Hollywood to overlook and discount artistic contributions of women – EVEN WHEN ITS THE POINT OF THE YEAR’S BIGGEST MOVIE!” wrote MSNBC host Jennifer Palmieri. “My God. It was nominated for best picture. Didn’t direct itself, friends!”
“The joke I made to my wife walking out of BARBIE: ‘Watch Gosling get nominated and Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie get shut out’ …just happened,” wrote sports host Joey Wright. “The Academy needs a REAL man in the mirror moment because the whole idea and premise of Barbie completely flew over their heads.”
Upon learning that Gerwig had been excluded, author Stephen King asked, “Can that actually be true?”
On X, one fan called the omission “tone deaf.”
“The Barbie Oscar snubs for best actress for Margot Robbie and best director for Greta Gerwig, while Ryan Gosling gets nominated for best supporting actor, are a different level of egregious and tone deaf. What. A. Time,” they wrote.
The Oscars has long faced criticism for ignoring female directors with only three women winning the coveted prize in its nearly 100-year-old history — Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) and Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog).
America Ferrera, who is up for best supporting actress for her role in the film, said she was “incredibly disappointed” Gerwig and Robbie weren’t recognized.
Likewise, fellow Barbie nominee Ryan Gosling also spoke out on his co-star and director missing out on key nominations.
“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,” Gosling said in a statement. “To say that I’m disappointed that they are not nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement.”
But Robbie can still take home a piece of hardware before awards season is done. The actress is nominated at the upcoming SAG Awards, with the cast of Barbie also up for the evening’s top prize of outstanding ensemble in a motion picture.
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