Ryan Gosling is grateful for his Oscar nomination, but joined the chorus of people questioning the omission of his co-stars Margot Robbie and director Greta Gerwig from their respective categories.
Gosling was nominated Tuesday in the supporting actor category for his portrayal of Mattel's Ken doll in last year's biggest blockbuster, “Barbie,” in which he starred opposite Robbie's titular Barbie.
His nomination is among the eight awards the film received, but furor over the fact that the hit film's directors, Gerwig and Robbie, did not receive individual nominations in the director and lead actress categories, respectively, has continued since the announcement nominations. (“Barbie” was produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, which, like CNN, is part of Warner Bros. Discovery.)
Ryan Gosling in Los Angeles in June.
Although Gerwig and Robbie weren't individually recognized, they each received an Oscar nomination this week. Gerwig was honored alongside her “Barbie” co-writer (and husband) Noah Baumbach in the adapted screenplay category, and Robbie was nominated for the film's best picture nomination as a producer along with three others.
In his statement, Gosling also recognized his co-star America Ferrera, who surprisingly received a supporting actress award for her performance in the film.
Here is Gosling's full statement, as provided to CNN:
“It is a great honor to be nominated by my peers alongside such remarkable artists in a year with so many great films. And I never thought I'd say this, but I also feel incredibly honored and proud that it's for depicting a plastic doll named Ken.
But there is no Ken without Barbie, and there is no Barbie film without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie, the two main people responsible for this historic and globally acclaimed film.
Without her talent, courage and genius, no one would be able to be recognized in film.
To say I'm disappointed they weren't nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement.
Against all odds, with nothing more than a few soulless, scantily clad, and thankfully crotchless dolls, they made us laugh, broke our hearts, advanced culture, and made history. Her work should be recognized alongside the other very deserving nominees.
Nonetheless, I am extremely happy for America Ferrera and the other incredible artists who contributed their talents to making this groundbreaking film.”
– Ryan Gosling, “Barbie”