Hillary Clinton and Michelle Yeoh are reacting to those Barbie Oscars snubs.
The former first lady, senator, secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate posted a reassuring message on Instagram for star Margot Robbie and director Greta Gerwig, who on Tuesday learned they were shut out of the best actress and best director categories, respectively.
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Clinton wrote: “Greta and Margot, While it can sting to win the box office but not take home the gold, your millions of fans love you. You’re both so much more than Kenough.” Clinton then added the hashtag #HillaryBarbie.
And Yeoh was asked about the snubs on Wednesday’s episode of the Today show.
“You know, joy and disappointment, it seems to go hand in hand,” the Oscar winner said. “It’s just, for us, it’s not enough nominations to go around. The only take is [that] it’s so competitive out there and there is no guarantee because you’re not the only voter, you know? It’s widespread. Thank God the movie got nominated for best picture. But you do think, ‘How do you get nominated for best picture but not best director and not best actress?’ It happens and I’m sorry it happened to them because it’s obviously one of the most successful and beloved movies.”
Academy Award winner Michelle Yeoh speaks to @hodakotb about her moving Oscars speech last year, how her life was transformed in many ways in 2023, her latest project “The Brothers Sun,” her friendship with Jamie Lee Curtis, and reacts to the ‘Barbie’ #Oscars conversations. pic.twitter.com/462uu0bWYL
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 24, 2024
While the blockbuster film received eight Oscar nominations its lack of nominations in those two categories have arguably caused more blowback than any awards show snub in recent memory.
On Tuesday, Barbie star Ryan Gosling — who was nominated for best supporting actor — also weighed in on the controversy with a detailed statement:
“I am extremely honored to be nominated by my colleagues alongside such remarkable artists in a year of so many great films,” the actor began. “And I never thought I’d be saying this, but I’m also incredibly honored and proud that it’s for portraying a plastic doll named Ken.”
The actor continued: “But 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. No recognition would be possible for anyone on the film without their talent, grit and genius. To say that I’m disappointed that they are not nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement.”
He continued: “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. Their work should be recognized along with the other very deserving nominees.”
“Having said that,” Gosling concluded, “I am so happy for America Ferrera and the other incredible artists who contributed their talents to making this such a groundbreaking film.”
Robbie could pick up an Oscar for the film as one of the film’s producers in the best picture category, while Gerwig was nominated for best adapted screenplay with co-writer Noah Baumbach.
In addition to best picture, adapted screenplay and the noms for America Ferrera and Gosling, Barbie was also nominated for costume design, production design and received two nominations in the original song category.
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