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“Barbie” actor doesn’t think Oscar despised the film

Canadian actor Michael Cera 35, can’t believe the Oscars snubbed the film “Barbie ” by not nominating the director, Greta Gerwing, for “best direction” and the protagonist, Margot Robbie, for “best actress”.

Cera played Allan – Ken's eccentric and lovable best friend – in the feature film. He told CNN that the real victory is how the film was received by audiences and brought people back to theaters.

“I know the whole reaction to this [ao Oscar não ter indicado Greta e Margot nas categorias citadas] it was a kind of disrespect, but I don't think I see it that way because I think the film nominated [mesmo em outras categorias] It’s an incredible achievement,” he said.

“I can’t really see this as a loss,” added Cera, speaking to CNN last Saturday night (24), on the red carpet at the SAG Awards, where “Barbie” tied with “Oppenheimer” for the lead in category nominations.

Despite this, “Barbie” did not receive any awards at SAG, while “Oppenheimer” was the big winner of the night.

The news even upset Hillary Clinton, who tweeted about Gerwig and Robbie: “You two are so much more than Kenough.”

Both women were nominated for Oscars: Gerwig was nominated for adapted screenplay and Robbie was nominated for producer in the best picture category.

Still, many “Barbie” viewers were disappointed by what they saw as snubs in both women’s respective individual categories, especially in Gerwig’s case, given the history of female directors being largely shut out of the Oscars (and Hollywood).

Furthermore, the point of the movie “Barbie” is to turn the misogynistic world upside down and allow women to own their power.

“The movie did so well. They did such a beautiful job with it,” Cera continued.
“Of course, recognition would be great, but I don’t know if any of them – and I don’t want to speak for them – but I don’t know what their sense of success in the project depends on.”

Although Gerwig was not chosen for the best director category and Robbie did not fall in the best actress categories, “Barbie”, from Warner Bros, goes to the Oscars with eight nominations.

“Having the film nominated for best picture is fantastic,” said Cera. “I think of it all as a big victory. For the film to be loved and recognized is truly the best thing we could ask for.”

When asked about the irony of Ken (Gosling) being nominated but not Barbie (Robbie), Cera laughed and joked: “Yes, the world didn't completely change just because of the movie.”

Not all of the “Barbie” stars were as gracious with their words when discussing the Oscar nominations.

Gosling and fellow nominee America Ferrera expressed their frustration with the outcome of the Oscar nominations.

“To say I’m disappointed they weren’t nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement,” Gosling previously said.

As for Gerwig and Robbie, both women approached the Oscar nominations by defending each other.

“There's no way to be sad when you know you're so blessed,” Robbie said of the nominations in a recent SAG-AFTRA conversation.

“Obviously, I think Greta should be appointed director. What she did is something that only happens once in a career and in a lifetime. What she really achieved is. But it was an incredible year for all films.”

Gerwig was asked about Robbie not being nominated as an actress by Time magazine and said: “Of course I wanted that for Margot. But I’m really happy that we’re all together.”

“Barbie” surpassed $1.4 billion worldwide, making Gerwig the highest-grossing female director of all time and the first woman to direct a film that surpassed $1 billion.

Source: CNN Brasil

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