Hollywood's buzzing as Ryan Gosling, the star who brought Ken to life in the critically acclaimed film "Barbie," recently spoke with Variety about the Oscars' oversight of his co-star Margot Robbie and director Greta Gerwig.
Despite his own nomination for Best Supporting Actor, Gosling openly expressed his disappointment at the lack of recognition for Robbie and Gerwig, who he believes are the linchpins behind the movie's global success. “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,” Gosling stated, emphasizing the duo's pivotal roles in the creation of this cinematic masterpiece.
Gosling's Passionate Advocacy
Gosling's candid discussion with Variety revealed his deep involvement in crafting his public statements, a reflection of his passion for the project and his co-creators. He humorously remarked, “I heavily edited that statement.
If I say any more about it, I’m going to basically put on a mink and start challenging people to a beach-off on Malibu Beach”. This light-hearted comment underscores Gosling's commitment to standing up for his colleagues and the film's artistic merit.
"Barbie," a film that has sparked widespread conversation and debate, received eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Original Song for the catchy track "I'm Just Ken," performed by Gosling. Despite the song's nomination and popularity, Gosling revealed that he hasn't been approached to perform it at the Oscars ceremony.
However, he remains open to the idea, acknowledging the risks and excitement such a performance would entail. This recent controversy highlights the ongoing discussions about recognition and representation in Hollywood, particularly in the context of award ceremonies like the Oscars.
Gosling's support for Robbie and Gerwig not only speaks to his respect for his colleagues but also to the broader conversation about artistic recognition in the film industry. As the Oscars approach, Gosling's comments add an intriguing layer to the anticipation surrounding the event, especially regarding the potential performance of "I'm Just Ken."