The movie that everyone is talking about, Barbie, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, was a smash hit at the box office and a darling of the critics. But did it win any Golden Globes? The answer may surprise you!

Barbie’s Golden Globe Nominations and Wins

Barbie was nominated for a whopping nine Golden Globes, the most-nominated film ever at the awards. It was up for best picture musical or comedy, best director for Greta Gerwig, best screenplay for Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, best actress for Robbie, best-supporting actor for Gosling, and best original song for three of its catchy tunes: “What Was I Made For?”, “Barbie Girl”, and “Life in Plastic”.

But despite the hype and the buzz, Barbie only took home two awards: Best Original Song for “What Was I Made For?” by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell, and cinematic and box office achievement, a new category that honours blockbuster films. 

Why was Barbie Nominated?

Barbie was nominated for its innovative and satirical take on the iconic doll, its colourful and vibrant aesthetics, its diverse and catchy soundtrack, and its stellar performances by Robbie and Gosling. The movie follows the adventures of Barbie, a plastic doll who comes to life and explores the world with her boyfriend Ken, played by Gosling. Along the way, she encounters various challenges and obstacles, such as the backlash from some fans of the original doll, the lawsuit from Mattel, the company that owns Barbie, and the accusations of cultural appropriation and sexism.

Barbie received rave reviews and accolades from critics and audiences, who called it a “neon comedy”, a “pastel-coloured satire”, and a “cinematic sensation”. The movie was praised for its clever and witty script, its stunning and stylish visuals, and its fun and diverse music, which ranged from pop to rock to rap. Robbie and Gosling were lauded for their chemistry and charisma, as well as their ability to balance comedy and drama.

Ryan Gosling’s Golden Globe Snub

One of the most surprising and disappointing outcomes of the Golden Globes was Ryan Gosling’s snub for best supporting actor. Gosling delivered a nuanced and hilarious performance as Ken, Barbie’s love interest, who struggles with his identity and purpose as a plastic doll. Gosling had some of the most memorable scenes and lines in the movie, such as his existential crisis, his musical number “I’m Just Ken”, and his break-up with Barbie.

Gosling’s role in Barbie was a departure from his previous roles in other movies, such as La La Land, Drive, and The Notebook, where he played more serious and romantic characters. Gosling showed his versatility and charm as an actor and proved that he could do comedy as well as drama.

However, Gosling lost the award to Robert Downey Jr., who played Lewis Strauss, the antagonist of Oppenheimer, who tried to stop the development of the atomic bomb. Downey Jr. gave a powerful and menacing performance, but some fans and critics were shocked and outraged by the decision, arguing that Gosling deserved the award more.


Barbie may not have won the hearts of the Golden Globes, but it certainly won the hearts of millions of viewers around the world. The movie was a huge success, both commercially and critically, and showcased the talents and skills of its cast and crew. Barbie was a refreshing and original movie, that challenged and entertained audiences with its humour and satire. Barbie was more than just a doll, it was a phenomenon.

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