Warner Bros. has made official its intention that the Barbie movie – 88%, a box office phenomenon that has grossed more than US $1.4 billion, competes at the Academy Awards. Variety confirmed that the company will nominate the film for Best Original Screenplay, among other categories, and if it wins the award, it would be like a cherry on the triumph cake that the project has been since its release in theaters.
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The Academy’s writers’ committee has yet to confirm the film’s eligibility to compete as an original screenplay. In previous years, films like Moonlight – 98% changed from the “original” to “adapted” category after being reviewed by the committee, suggesting that the fate of Barbie in this area it is still uncertain.
Directed by Greta Gerwig and co-written with Noah Baumbach, Barbie tells the journey of self-exploration of Barbie (Margot Robbie) and her partner Ken (Ryan Gosling), who leave their plastic world to search for answers in the real world. The film has been praised for its originality, despite the fact that it is based on the famous Mattel doll. This gives Gerwig and Baumbach a possible advantage in the Best Original Screenplay category, where it could go up against films like The Holdovers and Past Lives.
Greta Gerwigwhich has already received three Oscar nominations, has made history with Barbie by becoming the first woman to direct a film that exceeds one billion dollars at the box office. Her husband and collaborator Noah Baumbach He also has three nominations to his name, which adds incentive to this campaign.
Ryan Goslingwho plays Ken, will be nominated for Best Supporting Actor, as confirmed Variety. If nominated, Margot Robbie She could make history by becoming the second woman to receive nominations for Best Actress and Best Picture in the same year. Barbie You could also receive nominations in technical areas such as Production Design, Photography and Costume Design. Likewise, the film has the possibility of achieving up to two nominations for Best Original Song, with favorites such as “What Was I Made For?” by Billie Eilish and “I’m Just Ken” by Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt.
Voting for Academy Award nominees will open on January 11, where it will be confirmed whether Barbie will be officially recognized in the categories in which Warner Bros. hopes to compete. The film is still in theaters, and would probably face Oppenheimer – 95%, by Christopher Nolan, in various categories.
Barbie’s unprecedented success
Gerwig’s film surpassed other major productions at the box office and has become the highest-grossing film directed by a woman in film history, eclipsing Wonder Woman – 92% and Captain Marvel – 60%, but beyond its commercial success, it has been revolutionary in its treatment of feminism and diversity. Despite some conservative criticism for being “too feminist,” the film intelligently addresses gender dynamics in two contrasting worlds: one dominated by women, the other by men. This approach has opened a significant debate on equality and mutual respect between genders.
Additionally, the film stands out for its cultural representation and diversity, incorporating a wide range of characters that reflect different genders, races, and sexual orientations. Not only is it a powerful example of feminist cinema, but it is also a milestone in cultural representation and diversity on the big screen. But Barbie It is not just a social manifesto; It’s also extremely fun. It offers charismatic performances and satirical humor that makes it attractive to a wide audience. In production design, the film leans practical over digital, offering a more authentic and immersive environment.
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