The recently announced Oscar nominations for 2024 have stirred controversy as ‘Barbie’, directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Margot Robbie, found itself without recognition in their respective categories.
Released last July, ‘Barbie’ has become a billion-dollar production reshaping conversations around feminism. Despite its commercial success, Gerwig and Robbie were notably absent from the ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Leading Actress’ categories.
Ryan Gosling, who portrayed Ken in the film, addressed the issue, stating:
“I am extremely honored to be nominated…But there is no Ken without Barbie [portrayed by Robbie], and there is no Barbie movie without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie, the two people most responsible for this history-making, globally-celebrated film.”
However, Whoopi Goldberg, an EGOT winner and Academy board member, has waded in with an interesting take on the matter.
Joining the discussion on ‘The View,’ she stated that the lack of nominations for Gerwig and Robbie shouldn’t be viewed as snubs.
She highlighted the subjective nature of movie preferences and the fact that not every film or individual can be recognized.
Goldberg made the following comments on ‘The View’:
“They’re not snubs, and that’s what I want to sort of point out. And it’s not the elites… it’s the entire family of the Academy Awards who votes for ‘Best Picture’ nominations, okay? We all vote for ‘Best Picture.’ Everybody! So, there are seven to ten nominations that happen, and you don’t get everything that you want to get. You know? Not everybody gets a prize, and it is subjective. Movies are subjective. The movies you love may not be loved by the people who are voting.”
As discussions around Oscar nominations continue, Goldberg’s perspective seems to shed light on the intricate dynamics of the selection process and the inevitable disappointments that come with it.