Barbara Handler, the namesake of the iconic Barbie doll, has expressed her surprise and disappointment over the lack of Oscar nominations for Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig. Her mother, Ruth Handler, was the creator of the Barbie doll, and Barbara feels a strong connection to the “Barbie” movie, which she has watched and enjoyed twice.
Despite the film being nominated for Best Picture, Margot Robbie was overlooked for a Lead Actress nomination and Greta Gerwig was not included in the Best Director category. This has caused quite a stir among fans and critics alike.
Barbara believes that both Margot and Greta deserve recognition for their exceptional work on the film, which she describes as genuinely fantastic. She is not alone in this sentiment, as many others also believe that ‘Barbie’ was a well-executed film.
While Margot and Greta were snubbed, Ryan Gosling and America Ferrera received nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Actress respectively. Furthermore, the film itself is in the running for Best Picture.
Barbara is of the opinion that “Barbie” should win the award due to its immense popularity and impressive box office earnings. However, she acknowledges that the Academy’s decisions do not always align with popular opinion.
Barbara fondly remembers her late mother, Ruth, who not only created the Barbie and Ken dolls but also named them after her children. She believes Ruth would have been overjoyed to see the ‘Barbie’ movie receive a Best Picture nomination and regrets that Ruth is not here to witness the film’s success.
Regarding the Oscar snubs, Barbara shares the general sentiment of disappointment and confusion that many others have expressed.