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'Barbie' meets patriarchy, again?

Updated: Feb 28

Barbie's Oscars snubs are the talk of the entertainment industry one day after nominations were announced.

Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie were left out of the Best Director and Best Actress categories, respectively, and while the slights set social media on fire — "way to justify the literal plot of the movie" — there's now backlash to the backlash. Barbie received eight nominations, Gerwig and Robbie are nominated in other categories (including Best Picture) and America Ferreraand Ryan Gosling were both recognized for their award-worthy performances. Some are calling out how their nominations are overshadowed by outrage.

Here's what's going on, what Gosling and Ferrera are saying and how the situation could affect the Oscars race.

Barbie's eight nominations is behind Oppenheimer (13), Poor Things (11) and Killers of the Flower Moon (10). Robbie, a producer of the billion-dollar film, will get an Oscar if Barbie wins Best Picture. Gerwig is nominated in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. (The fact Barbie was in this category to begin with stirred controversy and could have been a sign of things to come.) Barbieraked in more than $1.4 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing movie of the year and the highest-grossing film ever from a female filmmaker. That's why their exclusion is glaring.

It was also surprising that Dua Lipa's hit “Dance the Night Away” wasn't nominated for Best Music (Original Score). However, the film did have two other nominations in the category: “I'm Just Ken” and “What Was I Made For?”

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