Academy accused of sexism after Barbie's Margot Robbie misses out on Oscar

Thursday 1 February 2024

Film fans have been left outraged after Barbie actress Margot Robbie and director Greta Gerwig missed out on nominations for an Oscar.

Actor Ryan Gosling, who was nominated for best supporting actor in the film, said he was disappointed at the decision.

"There is no Ken without Barbie," he said. "And there is no Barbie movie without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie, the two people most responsible for this history-making film.

"To say I’m disappointed they are not nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement."

Critics have accused the Academy of sexism, a claim dismissed by former government adviser James Price.

Speaking to TalkTV's Maddie Hale, he said: "I can't see how it's sexist that Margot Robbie wasn't nominated - five other women were honoured in the Best Actress category.

"It's a film that feminists immediately seized upon as having all of these powerful messages of empowerment - but really it preached male subjugation from the start.

"The sense of entitlement in Gosling's statement is very, very strong."

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