Not nominating the two people who made Barbie happen is the most Ken thing the Academy could do, reckon netizens
The 96th Academy Awards will be held on March 10 (March 11 in India) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, the nominations for which were announced a little while ago in a special ceremony hosted by Jack Quaid and Zazie Beetz.
While Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer dominates with 13 nominations, netizens just can’t over the fact that one of the biggest hits of the year, Barbie got a Best Picture nod, but ignored lead actress Margot Robbie and director Greta Gerwig, without who they feel, the movie would not have been made. “That’s the most Ken thing the Academy could do”, was a comment on social media.
Comments ranged from, “Greta and Margot deserved better”, to “How can you snub the two women who carried the film”, “Patriarchy is alive; What happened today is the core issue of Barbie”, “The Oscars always goes with the safe directors”, among others.
What makes it worse, they feel is that both Ryan Gosling and America Ferrera have Best Supporting Actor nods for Barbie. Margot and Greta being snubbed, add netizens, proves the whole point of the movie – gender inequality. The silver lining, say netizens, is that Margot technically still gets a nomination as producer of Barbie in the Best Picture category, while Greta is for Adapted Screenplay.
Barbie, meanwhile, got eight nominations in all, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, 2 Best Original Song (I’m Just Ken & What I was made For), Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design.
Jimmy Kimmel will return as the host of the Oscars 2024, which is widely seen as the Oppenheimer year. Cillian Murphy is expected to walk away with the Best Actor Award, while Robert Downey Jr is the frontrunner for Best Supporting Actor. Best Picture and Best Director will also go the Oppenheimer way, with Barbie expected to win in the Best Original Song category and maybe 1 or 2 more only.