It was hard for fans of last year’s blockbuster “Barbie” to ignore a twist of fate Tuesday, when the film’s director Greta Gerwig and its titular star Margot Robbie were snubbed from the Oscar categories for best director and best actress. . This could literally have been the plot point of the film, serving as a lesson on the patriarchal structures that shape our institutions and our ways of thinking.
Hillary Clinton also joined the conversation on Wednesday posting a message Gerwig and Robbie on social media. “Greta and Margot, though it may win at the box office but not take home the gold, your millions of fans love you,” Clinton wrote. “You two are more than Keno,” he said, referencing a phrase that appears on Ken’s sweatshirt in the film.
Perhaps this message could not have come from a more appropriate public figure than former Secretary of State Clinton, who lost the presidential election to Donald Trump in 2016 despite almost certainly winning the popular vote.
She was one of many to share her disappointment about the snub of Gerwig and Robbie, despite the film earning eight nominations – including Best Picture; for Best Actor, for Ryan Gosling, who played Kane; and for Best Supporting Actress, America Ferrera.
After this on Tuesday nominations read, Gosling issued a lengthy statement expressing his disappointment: “Without his talent, patience and ingenuity there would be no recognition for anyone in the film,” he wrote. in an interview with Entertainment WeeklyFerreira called their work “phenomenal” and said they deserve to be acknowledged both “for the history that they have broken, and for the beautiful artistry.”
Billie Jean King, tennis champion who won equal pay for women at the 1973 US Open, Posted on Wednesday that he “Really upset that #Barbie was overlooked, especially in the Best Director category.”
“The movie is absolutely brilliant,” King wrote, “and Greta Gerwig is a genius.”