'Barbie' received eight total nominations for the upcoming 96th Academy Awards on March 10
While Barbie's America Ferrera celebrates her Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, she is also reacting to the news that her costar Margot Robbie and director Greta Gerwig ultimately missed the cut in their respective categories.
“I was incredibly disappointed that they weren’t nominated,” Ferrera, 39, told Variety Tuesday as she reacted to her own nomination.
Overall, Barbie received eight nominations, fourth among all movies, even as Gerwig, 40, and Robbie, 33, were shut out of Best Director and Best Actress. (Gerwig was nominated as one of Barbie's screenwriters in Best Adapted Screenplay, while Robbie received a Best Picture nomination as a producer on the film.)
“Greta has done just about everything that a director could do to deserve it,” Ferrera added of Gerwig's absence from the five-person Best Director field. “Creating this world, and taking something that didn’t have inherent value to most people and making it a global phenomenon. It feels disappointing to not see her on that list.”
As for Robbie, who has received two Oscar acting nominations in the past, Ferrera told the outlet that "what [she] achieved as an actress is truly unbelievable" in Barbie.
"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," she said. "But Margot is a magician as an actress in front of the screen, and it was one of the honors of my career to get to witness her pull off the amazing performance she did."
"She brings so much heart and humor and depth and joy and fun to the character," Ferrera added. "In my book, she’s a master.”
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Justine Triet (Anatomy of a Fall), Martin Scorsese (Killers of the Flower Moon), Christopher Nolan (Oppenheimer), Yorgos Lanthimos (Poor Things) and Jonathan Glazer (The Zone of Interest) make up the Best Director nominee field. The Academy nominated Annette Bening (Nyad), Lily Gladstone (Killers of the Flower Moon), Sandra Hüller (Anatomy of a Fall), Carey Mulligan (Maestro) and Emma Stone (Poor Things) for Best Actress.
Robbie and Gerwig's snubs in the acting and directing categories came as a surprise after both women were nominated at the recent Golden Globe Awards and Critics Choice Awards. Robbie individually received further nominations for the upcoming 2024 SAG Awards and the 2024 BAFTA Awards; the latter ceremony also did not nominate Gerwig for best director.
"I’m stunned and so moved to be nominated among the brilliant artists who have done beautiful and important work this year," Ferrera told PEOPLE of her nomination in a statement Tuesday. "And I’m so proud to get to bring Latiné representation to this years Academy Awards, along with my fellow Latiné nominees. May the diversity of voices acknowledged by the Academy continue to grow!"
"I’m thrilled to celebrate my phenomenal Barbie family and all their achievements. Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie made history and raised the bar with Barbie," she added. "The cultural and industry impact they’ve achieved will be felt for generations and I’m so thankful to them for asking me to be a part of it."
The 96th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air live on Sunday, March 10, from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
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