Robert Irwin slams the Oscars after Margot Robbie's 'ridiculous' snub

The Wildlife Warrior raged about the decision during an appearance on The Project.

Robert Irwin has expressed his outrage after Margot Robbie was unexpectedly snubbed by the Academy Awards and missed out on a Best Actress nomination for her role in Barbie.

Both Margot and the film’s director Greta Gerwig were omitted from their respective categories, although Barbie received a total of eight nominations including Best Supporting Actor for Ryan Gosling and Best Supporting Actress for America Ferrera.

Margot Robbie in Barbie / Robert Irwin on The Project.
Robert Irwin has called out the Academy Awards after they snubbed Margot Robbie for her role in ‘Barbie’. Photos: Warner Bros. / Channel 10

The Academy’s decision to not recognise both Margot and Greta has outraged fans around the world, including Robert Irwin who spoke passionately about the topic on The Project on Wednesday night.

“Come on, that is just ridiculous,” he said. “They made that movie, Greta and Margot, that’s the reason why we have the Barbie movie. That’s ridiculous.”

The Project host Waleed Aly then asked the 20-year-old Wildlife Warrior if he plans on renouncing his American citizenship following the controversy.

“I think it only makes sense,” he replied.


Elsewhere during his TV appearance, Sarah Harris pointed out the resemblance between Robert and Ryan Gosling and shared a photo of him and his girlfriend Rorie Buckey dressed as Barbie and Ken.

“That's just how I go out, that's the new uniform policy at Australia Zoo,” Robert joked. “No, that was our Halloween costume.

“I'm a very very lucky Ken, I've got a beautiful Barbie.”

Robert Irwin and Rorie Buckey dressed as Ken and Barbie.
Robert Irwin and his girlfriend Rorie Buckey dressed as Ken and Barbie for Halloween 2023. Photo: Instagram/robertirwinphotography

Hillary Clinton chimes in on Oscars snub

Robert certainly wasn’t the only celebrity to speak out in support of Margot and Greta, with Hillary Clinton sharing a poignant post on social media.

“Greta and Margot, while it can sting to win the box office but not take home the gold, your millions of fans love you,” she wrote. “You’re both so much more than Kenough.”

The former US secretary of state added the hashtag ‘HillaryBarbie’ and received thousands of comments from people sharing similar sentiments.


Michelle Yeoh, who made history as the first Asian woman to win Best Actress at last year’s Oscars, was also asked about the snub during an interview on the Today show in the US on Wednesday.

“You know, joy and disappointment, it seems to go hand in hand,” she said. “It's just, for us, it's like, it's not enough nominations to go around.

“The only take is like, it's so competitive out there and there is no guarantee because you're not the only voter, you know? It's widespread.

“Thank god the movie got nominated for Best Picture. But you do think, ‘How do you get nominated for Best Picture but not Best Director and not Best Actress?’.”

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