Appearing at a Screen Actors Guild screening in Los Angeles on January 30, Margot addressed the snub saying, “There’s no way to feel sad when you know you’re this blessed.”
“Obviously, I think Greta [Gerwig] should be nominated as a director, because 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,” Margot said, as per Deadline.
The comments come a week after the Oscars released their nominations which saw Ryan Gosling nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal as Ken and America Ferrera nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Gloria.
Whilst Margot’s producing prowess was recognised with a nomination in Best Picture, she was not nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of the iconic doll. The Best Actress category is already brimming with stiff competition with Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, Annette Bening, Lily Gladstone and Sandra Hüller going for the coveted statue.
Similarly, Greta Gerwig was also not nominated for Best Director for her work on Barbie despite obliterating commercial records. Only one woman appears in this year’s Best Director category, Justine Triet – who directed the legal thriller, Anatomy of a Fall.
The snub instantly caused a deluge of online debates over whether Barbie’s commercial success and cultural impact had been overlooked.
“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,” Ryan Gosling wrote following the release of the Oscar nominations.
“To say that I’m disappointed that they are not nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement,” Ryan added.
“Their work in both of those categories was phenomenal, and in my book, [they] deserve to be acknowledged for the history they made, for the ground they broke, for the beautiful artistry,” America Ferrera told Entertainment Weekly following the announcement of the nominations.
“They’re my girls, and I want to see them celebrated for their amazingness, so that part of [my nomination] is definitely bittersweet.”
Upon its release, Barbie became an instant smash-hit, making over AU$2 billion worldwide and cementing Greta Gerwig as the only female director to gross a billion dollars.
Margot also said at the Screen Actors Guild screening that despite the snubs, she was “ecstatic” that Barbie had received eight nominations in total from The Academy.’
Alongside Ryan Gosling and America Ferra’s nominations, Barbie was also nominated for Best Picture, Costume Design, Production Design and Best Adapted Screenplay for Gerwig and Noah Baumbach.
Billie Eilish’s song, What Was I Made For as well as the earworm I’m Just Ken were both also nominated for Best Original Song.