While the 'Barbie' duo didn't score individual acting and directing nods, this year's Oscars include nods for them in other categories
Those disappointed by the 2024 Academy Awards' two notable Barbie snubs may find some encouraging news in the complete list of nominees.
About one-third of the nominees list unveiled on Tuesday was made up of women, which was a higher portion than the last three years. And of the 22 categories, 18 contain at least one nominee from an underrepresented group.
Not included in Best Actress or Best Director are Barbie star and director Margot Robbie, 33, and Greta Gerwig, 40, but the two are both up for Oscars. Gerwig and her husband Noah Baumbach are nominated for best adapted screenplay and Robbie, as a co-producer of the film, is nominated for Best Picture.
Robbie joins eight other women (including Emma Stone, a co-producer of Poor Things) nominated for Oscars in the coveted Best Picture category.
Other notable women in contention at this year's Academy Awards include two nominated for Best Editing (Thelma Schoonmaker and Jennifer Lame), one for Best Original Score (Laura Karpman), one for Best Visual Effects (Kiyoko Shibuya), one for Best Adapted Screenplay (Gerwig) and three for Best Original Screenplay (Triet, Samy Burch and Celine Song).
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Notably, Killers of the Flower Moon Best Actress hopeful Lily Gladstone is the first Native American actress to be nominated for an Oscar. In the Best Supporting Actress category, two additional women of color are nominated: Danielle Brooks (The Color Purple) and Da'Vine Joy Randolph (The Holdovers).
Still, Gerwig and Robbie's exclusion from individual directing and acting categories at the upcoming ceremony has notably drawn criticism from cast members America Ferrera and Ryan Gosling, who were nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.
Following the nominations announcement, Gosling, 43, issued a strong statement in support of her and Gerwig. “To say that I'm disappointed that they are not nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement," he said about the pair.
"Against all odds with nothing but a couple of soulless, scantily clad, and thankfully crotchless dolls, they made us laugh, they broke our hearts, they pushed the culture and they made history," Gosling continued. "Their work should be recognized along with the other very deserving nominees."
While the dad of two added that he was “extremely honored to be nominated” himself in the Best Supporting Actor category, Gosling said that there is “no Ken without Barbie. And there is no Barbie movie without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie.”
He went on to call Gerwig and Robbie "the two people most responsible for this history-making globally celebrated film.”
Ferrera, 39, told Variety that she "was incredibly disappointed that they weren’t nominated," and shared in a statement to PEOPLE that Gerwig and Robbie "made history and raised the bar with Barbie."
As for Robbie, Ferrera added in her comments to the outlet that what she achieved as an actress is “truly unbelievable" in the film, saying, "One of the things about Margot as an actress is how easy she makes everything look. And perhaps people got fooled into thinking that the work seems easy."
"But Margot is a magician as an actress in front of the screen, and it was one of the honors of my career to get to witness her pull off the amazing performance she did," she added to Variety.
In previous years, Gerwig — who co-wrote Barbie alongside her now-husband Noah Baumbach — landed a Best Director nod for 2017's Lady Bird, her debut, though she was not nominated for her other film, 2019's Little Women. She did earn writing nods for both of those films.
For Barbie, Gerwig earned directing nominations from the Directors Guild of America, Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards earlier this year. She is nominated alongside Baumbach, 54, for Best Adapted Screenplay at the upcoming Oscars.
The 96th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air live on Sunday, March 10, from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
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