Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach will also be able to compete for the statuette for best original screenplay, rather than best adaptation.
Following its crazy success at the box office, Warner Bros would like to compete barbie at the next Oscars. Variety details that the studio intends to offer the biggest hit of 2023 in several categories: best film, best direction for Greta Gerwig, best actress for Margot Robbie, best actor in a supporting role for Ryan Gosling, best sets for Sarah Greenwood’s team , best costumes for that of Jacqueline Durran, or even best original song – rather with “What Was I Made For?“” by Billie Eilish or “I’m Just Ken” by Andrew Wyatt and Mark Ronson? The firm hesitates.
Barbie: behind the scenes of “I’m just Ken” with Ryan Gosling (video)
There is a category that also required reflection from the producers: in imagining this story based on the famous Mattel toy line, did Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach sign an original screenplay or an adaptation? The firm has decided and will submit barbie in the category “original script”because “not taken from a publication”. The duo did not actually adapt an existing story for this film: their story is not taken from a novel, nor from a cartoon barbieFor example.
Greta Gerwig has already been nominated in this category for Lady Birdin 2016 (she was also in the running for her directing that year), and she also got a mention for her adaptation of Daughters of Doctor March (2019). As for his companion, he was selected in 2005 and 2018 for The Berkmans separate and Marriage Story, both original screenplays. The latter was also named among the best films.
This selection among the best original screenplays will undoubtedly put them face to face with Past Lives – our lives beforeby Celine Song (produced by A24) or The Holdovers (by Alexander Payne, supported by Focus Features). It will also allow the duo not to be in direct competition with Oppenheimer in this area, since Christopher Nolan actually based himself on an existing work to write his biopic defended by Universal: Robert Oppenheimer: Triumph and tragedy of a genius (2005) by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.
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That the spectators amused by the “Barbenheimer” which raged all summer are reassured: the competition should continue at the Oscars. The categories devoted to actors being gendered, Margot Robbie will not directly face Cillian Murphy. On the other hand, Ryan Gosling, who plays Ken, could well face Robert Downey Jr. among the best supporting male roles. This would be his third Oscar nomination after those for Half Nelson And La La Land -moreover, her acting partner in this musical, Emma Stone, who won the statuette for best actress for this film by Damien Chazelle, will certainly be in the running once again this year thanks to Poor creatures, by Yorgos Lanthimos.
In 2007, Gosling lost to Forest Whitaker, acclaimed for his portrayal of dictator Idi Amin Dada in The Last King of Scotlande. In 2017, it was another dramatic role that allowed its lead actor to win the Oscar: Lee Chandler, played by Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea. If it is confirmed, will this third nomination finally offer him the Oscar?
Often criticized for his deadpan performances (notably in Drive Or Blade Runner 2049), Ryan Gosling fully leverages his comedic acting range to barbie. Already great in this register in The Nice Guysby Shane Black (2016), as well as in Crazy Stupid Love (2011), the 42-year-old Canadian actor can here push all the sliders to the limit, exaggerate his emotions, as well as exploit his talents as a singer and dancer. His piece “I’m Just Ken” has made a lot of noise since the release of Barbie in theaters.
The 96th Academy Awards will be held on March 10, 2024.
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