Greta Gerwig’s Barbie proved to be a major hit in 2023, shattering box office records and winning hearts worldwide. The film, starring Margot Robbie as the iconic Barbie, received widespread acclaim from both critics and audiences for Robbie’s stellar performance and Gerwig’s direction.
In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Robbie opened up about the pre-filming jitters she experienced before taking on the role. She confessed to having a “crisis” moment, expressing doubts about her abilities and feeling overwhelmed by the magnitude of the project. Despite her numerous successes in the industry, the superstar expressed feelings of worthlessness that evolved into panic. She described experiencing a meltdown where she questioned her abilities and feared that others would realize she couldn’t perform, leading to overwhelming panic. This prompted her to seek help from Greta, feeling unable to apply her research and unsure of her character.
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Gerwig shared her understanding of Robbie’s concerns, likening it to facing a blank page for actors. Despite the challenges, Barbie emerged as a blockbuster success, defeating Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer at the box office.
The film’s success continued with multiple award nominations, including eight Academy Award nods. Barbie received recognition for Best Picture, Supporting Actress for America Ferrera, Supporting Actor for Ryan Gosling, Costume Design, Production Design, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Gerwig and Noah Baumbach.
However, fans expressed disappointment over Gerwig and Robbie’s absence from the Best Director and Best Actress nominations at the Oscars 2024. Even Ryan Gosling, who portrayed Ken in the film, voiced his unhappiness with the snub.
Margot Robbie reacts to not getting a Best Actress #Oscar nomination for ‘BARBIE’.
“There’s no way to feel sad when you know you’re this blessed.” pic.twitter.com/7gdzDqzkQw
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) January 31, 2024
Despite the Oscar snub, Barbie continues to be celebrated for its achievements and impact on cinema. The film’s success not only at the box office but also in garnering critical acclaim reaffirms its status as a cultural phenomenon.
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