No matter what they do, they won't get second place.
Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt won Best Song at the 2024 Critics Choice Awards for the Barbie anthem “I'm Just Ken.”
When Bella Ramsey and Anthony Ramos announced the power ballad win, Ryan gave Gosling a very Ken-worthy blank stare before standing and shaking his head in recognition of Ronson and Wyatt's win for the song he sang applaud.
Ronson was quick to acknowledge the Ken actor's role in the victory. “Ryan Gosling, this is as much your award as it is ours,” Ronson said. “With your unparalleled performance, you made the audience fall in love with this song, so thank you.”
He then thanked the film's co-author, Noah Baumbach, and the leading actress, Margot Robbie, as well as, of course, the director and co-author, Greta Gerwig. “The fact that you took 11 minutes for this prog rock, the power ballad, the dream ballet and the shred fest so that the boys could cry a little and hold hands, we are truly indebted to you forever Guilt,” Ronson said.
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Just like at the Golden Globes, Barbie nabbed three of the six Best Song nominations, two of which went to tracks co-written by Ronson. Barbie also picked up a win at the Golden Globes, but for Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell's “What Was I Made For?”
Other nominees at the Critics Choice Awards included Jack Black's “Peaches” from “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” Lenny Kravitz's “Road to Freedom” from Rustin and the Julia Michaels-written song “This Wish” from Disney's Wish.
Awards or not, “I'm Just Ken” has, in turn, taken on a life of its own, with Ronson, Wyatt and Gosling releasing alternate versions, a Pete Davidson-focused SNL parody, notable covers, and the original version charting on the Hot 100.
Despite the song's success, Ken will just continue to be Ken because it's Barbie's world.
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