Were the star and director of ”Barbie,” Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig, “snubbed’” by Oscar voters? That word‘s history as an insult goes back to the 13th century https://t.co/S5iz8B0J0s https://t.co/S5iz8B0J0s
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) February 1, 2024
Recently, there was an uproar from fans, fellow celebrities, and even a former First Lady and presidential candidate, when Margot Robbie not being nominated for a best actress Oscar for “Barbie” was swiftly interpreted as a “snub.”
And even more recently, Jay-Z took to the stage during the 2024 Grammy awards to receive a Grammy while sounding off about the apparent injustice of his wife not receiving an album of the year award to date.
What this kind of spoiled behavior does is steal the thunder from the many women who were nominated: in Robbie’s case, including Lily Gladstone, the first indigenous North American woman to ever be nominated for a best actress Oscar, and a 64-year-old Annette Benning nominated for portraying groundbreaking lesbian athlete Diana Nyad. This is not to mention Robbie’s costar the Latina actress America Ferrera being nominated for best supporting actress.
And in Beyoncé’s case, from the multiple-time winner for album of the year Taylor Swift, who can’t seem to catch a break from grown men announcing to the world that she and her art are not as worthy of recognition as Beyoncé’s.
The word “snub” implies:
One woman is more worthy than the others and anyone who doesn’t concede to this opinion is somehow committing a grievous act against the artist not receiving the award or nod that the artist’s friends, husband, fans, or colleagues believe that they are entitled to.
“We love y’all, we love y’all. We want you to get it right—or at least get it close to right. And obviously, it’s subjective, because it’s music and it’s opinion-based, but some things…” ~ Jay-Z, 2024 Grammy Awards
Subjectively, my partner thinks I’m the best writer there is, and I’m sure Travis Kelce subjectively felt that “they” did “get it right” by awarding Taylor Swift album of the year for a record-breaking fourth time.
We all think our friends and lovers and fandoms are the best, and many people would disagree with us, which they are completely within their rights to do. Here’s the thing: neither Margot Robbie nor Beyoncé are being intentionally snubbed by the academy or overlooked due to some kind of personal bias the entire voting committees have against them.
Margot Robbie has been nominated for best actress and best supporting actress for her work in two other films.
“Barbie” is nominated for eight academy awards, which seems to be enough for her as she is quoted:
“Robbie said she is ‘beyond ecstatic’ with the film’s eight Oscar nominations, which include best picture, adapted screenplay, supporting actor for Ryan Gosling, supporting actress for America Ferrera, costume design, production design and two noms for original song.” ~ Variety
Even if her fans and colleagues see it as a blatant offense.
According to her husband, it’s just not enough.
She has to win in a “bigger” category.
Would that be enough or would we be hearing him complain about her not winning an Oscar while accepting his award dripping in gold and diamonds?
She must reign over any and all other artists who are not as good as her, according to him and Kanye West circa the 2009 MTV Awards.
Some of the flimsy logic leveled by fans and husbands consists of:
If someone is good enough for 32 Grammys, the math is that her albums are the best. And for Robbie? If the movie is good enough for eight Oscars then by default, this is due to the star of the vehicle and she deserves more flowers than the garden she’s already been given and more so than any other woman nominated for their work.
Different categories exist for a reason.
Otherwise, we could just have a five-minute awards show and every movie with the best screenplay by default has the best actors and best production and direction and musical score and wardrobe because, obviously, if you win or are nominated in one or two or three categories, you are entitled to all of the things.
This conversation absolutely reeks of the greed and entitlement we’ve come to expect from the entertainment industry.
“Margot Robbie’s estimated net worth is $60 million as of 2024—a $20 million boost from 2023, which is at least partly due to the $50 million she was estimated to have made from Barbie. In addition to acting and producing, she also has promotional deals with brands like Calvin Klein, Nissan and Chanel.” ~ Parade
According to Forbes, as of 2024, Beyoncé’s net worth is estimated to be approximately $800 million. She is one of the richest singers in the world.
Beyoncé has seven number one albums.
Margot Robbie’s films have grossed over $3 billion worldwide.
Margot Robbie has won two AACTA movie awards and two Critics Choice movie awards in the relatively short time she’s been in the public eye.
Aside from their die-hard fans, their friends, colleagues, and spouses, and the occasional casual observer, I think it’s extremely hard for most of us commoners to justify any argument that either of these women have in any way gone unrecognized by the entertainment industry or have been somehow shunned or victimized by it.
How many statuettes does one need? How many millions of dollars is satisfactory?
And I must note at the time of this writing, Beyoncé hasn’t publicly responded to her husband’s Grammy’s speech.
To be fair, neither of the women mentioned are the ones who actually came out demanding more nods and awards but rather the men in their orbit—Jay-Z and Kanye West and Ryan Gosling have been the most vocal advocates to speak on behalf of these women’s rights (to more statues).
If not being nominated for another award or winning another one is considered in any way, shape, or form a gross injustice in the world today, let alone one that deserves a lion’s share of media coverage or self-righteous speeches and tweets, then you really haven’t been paying attention.