By Our Special Correspondent
New Delhi, January 24: Greta Gerwig drew satisfaction at the runaway success of her third directorial venture, Barbie, for helping bring the crowd back to the cineplexes after the Covid-19 pandemic. But she failed to bag the Oscar nomination for direction, leaving the film critics lament the anti-women track record of the Academy awards.
Marlow Stern, Entertainment Editor of Rolling Stone, took to the social media platform X to lament, saying “Greta Gerwig’s Oscar snub for ‘Barbie’ is classic Academy b****it, and only the latest example of its terrible treatment of women directors”. He added that only eight women directors have so far been nominated for Oscar Awards.
The Oscar Awards nominations for direction have this year gone for Justine Triet (Anatomy of a Fall), Martin Scorsese (Killers of the Flower Moon), Christopher Nolan (Oppenheimer), Yorgos Lanthimos (Poor Things), and Jonathen Glazer (The Zone of Interest).
Adam, a film critics, vented out his ire at the Academy Awards, writing on X: “You have to be a leading lady but you can’t be nominated for best actress. You have to be a strong female director but you can’t be nominated for best director. You have to have a wildly popular dance song but you can’t be nominated for best original song.”
Barbie was a runaway success across the world, bringing crowds back to the cinema theatre, as the cinematic adaptation of the tale of the characters of the Barbie’s prefect world got to see the real world earned over $1.5 billion in collections.
Gerwig has directed Lady Bird, Little Women, and Barbie. She is said to be working on a sequel to Lady Bird. The popular backlash against the Academy Awards was summed up by the New York Times Arts, as it stated: that while Gerwig missed out on a directing nomination, Margot Robbie was overlooked for best actress to reveal “more of the biggest snubs and surprises from the Oscar nominations”.
Director Noah Baumbach had told TCM in a conversation recently that William Wyler’s ‘The Heiress’ had inspired Barbie. Baumbach is the co-director of Barbie and also the husband of Gerwig.
Gerwig had said that she and her team were “most fervent and excited about was this dream of people going back to movie theaters” while reflecting on the making of Barbie. She had underlined that Barbie marked the return of the big screen experience for the film lovers.