Whoopi Goldberg on 'Barbie' snubs: 'Not everyone gets a prize'
Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg weighed in on the Oscars' recent rejection of the “Barbie” film, saying, “Not everyone gets an award.”
unbranded – entertainment
Bye, Barbie. Whoopi Goldberg has harsh comments about the hit film's exclusion from some of the top categories at the 2024 Oscars.
During a discussion on “The View” on Wednesday, Goldberg and co-hosts Alyssa Farah Griffin, Joy Behar, Sara Haines and Sunny Hostin discussed “Barbie” star Ryan Gosling's reaction to his co-star's lack of Oscar nominations Margot Robbie and the director Greta Gerwig. Gosling was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Ken in the fantasy comedy.
The conversation sparked a lively debate about when films are excluded from industry recognition, and Goldberg rejected the idea of rejection altogether.
“Not everyone wins,” Goldberg said. “They are not snubbers, and I kind of want to point that out. And it's not the elites. It’s the entire Academy Awards family that votes for the Best Picture nominations.”
“Barbie” received a total of eight nominations at the 96th Academy Awards and competed for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design, as well as Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
Robbie, who is credited as the film's producer, was completely left out of the acting categories.
“You don’t get everything you want to get,” Goldberg said. “You have to think about that. Not everyone gets a prize, and that is subjective. Films are subjective. The movies you love may not be loved by the people who vote.”
In a statement shared with various media outlets, including CNN and , Gosling expressed his disappointment that Robbie and Gerwig did not receive recognition in the Best Actress and Best Director categories.
“There is no Ken without Barbie, and there is no Barbie film without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie, the two main people behind this historic and globally acclaimed film,” said Gosling. “Without her talent, courage and genius, no one in film would be able to be recognized. To say I’m disappointed they weren’t nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement.”
'I'm disappointed': Ryan Gosling criticizes Oscars for snubbing Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig
Biggest Oscar snubs of 2024: From Margot Robbie to Leonardo DiCaprio
Contributor: KiMi Robinson, USA TODAY