February 23, 2024

In a surprising turn of events following the announcement of the 2024 Oscar nominations, Simu Liu, the lead actor in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, expressed his disappointment over the apparent snubbing of Margot Robbie and director Greta Gerwig for their work on the blockbuster film Barbie. Despite Oppenheimer leading the nominations with 13 nods, fans and industry insiders were taken aback by the omission of Gerwig and Robbie from the prestigious list.

Liu, who played one of the Kens in Barbie, took to social media platform X to share his sentiments, stating, “They deserve everything. They ARE everything.” In a heartfelt statement, Liu acknowledged the immense effort Gerwig and Robbie put into bringing ‘Barbie’ to the big screen, calling them pioneers who started a movement, touched the world, and reinvigorated cinema.

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The film, which premiered alongside Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Oppenheimer, emerged as the highest-grossing film of 2023, grossing an impressive $1.43 billion worldwide. The combined success of Barbie and Oppenheimer led to the phenomenon known as “Barbenheimer,” drawing audiences to theaters to experience both films in tandem.

However, Liu’s comments faced mixed reactions from netizens. Some criticized him for perceived disrespect to other nominees, emphasizing that popularity does not equate to Oscar-worthiness. Another highlighted the movie’s marketing, stating, “The marketing for the movie was 100% better than the movie.”

Others defended Liu’s sentiments, with one user noting, “Adore the Kens remarking how Barbie is playing out in the Real World after the nomination snub.”

Even political figure Hillary Clinton weighed in on the Oscar snubs, affirming Robbie and Gerwig’s worth beyond the film, stating, “You’re both so much more than Kenough.”

Both America Ferrera and Ryan Gosling, who received Oscar nominations for their roles in Barbie, addressed the film’s snubs in separate statements. Ferrera praised Gerwig’s directorial achievements, while Gosling emphasized that “there is no Ken without Barbie” and lamented the absence of recognition for Gerwig and Robbie in their respective categories.

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