Barbie's Greta Gerwig breaks silence over Oscar snub

Greta Gerwig has spoken out on her Oscar snub for 2023's biggest film, Barbie.

The Lady Bird director was behind the record-breaking hit based on the Mattel icon starring Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling and America Ferrera.

Hotly tipped to sweep this year's Oscars, Barbie did receive eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor and Actress nominations for Gosling (Ken) and Ferrera (Gloria).

However, notable omissions from the biggest categories of the night include Gerwig and Robbie, sparking backlash from film fans.

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The Little Women director has addressed the snubs, stating that she wanted Robbie to be recognised for her role in the film as its titular character.

"Of course I wanted it for Margot," she told Time in a new interview. "But I'm just happy we all get to be there together. A friend's mom said to me: 'I can't believe you didn't get nominated'. I said: 'But I did. I got an Oscar nomination.' She was like: 'Oh, that's wonderful for you!' and I was like: 'I know!'."

Harley Quinn icon Robbie echoed a similar sentiment, previously stating she wanted Gerwig to receive ample praise for her work on the film.

"Obviously, I think Greta should be nominated as a director," she said during a SAG-AFTRA panel discussion. "What she did is a once-in-a-career, once-in-a-lifetime thing. What she pulled off, it really is. But it's been an incredible year for all the films.

"We set out to do something that would shift culture, affect culture, just make some sort of impact, and it's already done that and some, way more than we ever dreamed it would. That is truly the biggest reward that could come out of all of this."

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Gosling also spoke out in support of Gerwig and Robbie, saying: "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."

Ferrera additionally told Deadline: "They're my girls, and I want to see their incredible, amazing work celebrated. They made history, they set a new bar. They not only broke box office records, but made something that resonated around the globe, and the impact of what they made is, and will continue to be felt in our culture. I think I join a lot of people in wanting to see them acknowledged for that."

The 96th Academy Awards take place on Sunday, March 10 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. It will be broadcast on ITV in the UK.

Barbie is available to buy or rent in the UK from Prime Video, iTunes, Microsoft Store and more, as well as being available to watch on Max in the US.

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