John Stamos has branded the Oscars ‘Barbie’ snubs a “twist of irony”.
The 60-year-old actor hit out after film fans were left stunned on Tuesday (23.01.24) when the Academy Award nominations were announced – without the movie’s director Greta Gerwig, 40, or ‘Barbie’ actress Margot Robbie, 33, getting nods, but Ryan Gosling, 43, earning a best supporting actor nomination for his role as Ken in the doll blockbuster.
John took to social media to recreate a scene from the billion-dollar grossing ‘Barbie’ and said in a caption alongside his video: “This one goes out to Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie who crafted a film that was both a critical success and a cultural phenomenon, delving into feminist themes through the lens of Barbie and challenging patriarchal norms,.
“This movie not only resonated deeply but also grossed OVER a billion dollars. Yet, in a twist of irony, both women were snubbed by the Academy. Everyone go re-watch Barbie tonight.”
In John’s clip, he played Ken, while his wife, Caitlin McHugh, 37, portrayed Barbie, as the pair recreated a scene in which Ken kept asking Barbie how to kill his boredom during their trip to the real world.
John lounges in their backyard in the video, while his partner does gardening.
Ryan released a statement in the wake of the controversy over the snub for Greta and Margot, saying even though he is “incredibly honoured” to be nominated, but hitting out: “There is no Ken without Barbie, and there is no Barbie without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie, the two people most responsible for this history-making, globally-celebrated film.”
He added: “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.
“Their work should be recognised along with the other very deserving nominees.”
All of Greta’s films – ‘Lady Bird’, ‘Little Women’ and ‘Barbie’ – have had best picture nominations from the Oscars, but she’s never had the nod for best director.
She and Margot have yet to speak out on the Academy’s snub, but a string of stars have spoken out to support the pair.
America Ferrera, 40, who earned a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for her role in ‘Barbie’, told Variety: “I was incredibly disappointed that they weren’t nominated.”
“Greta has done just about everything that a director could do to deserve it.”
She added: “What Margot achieved as an actress is truly unbelievable. One of the things about Margot as an actress is how easy she makes everything look. And perhaps people got fooled into thinking that the work seems easy.”