Jimmy Kimmel Takes a Dig at 2024 Oscars for Snubbing Barbie's Greta Gerwig

During the 2024 Oscars, host Jimmy Kimmel cheekily poked fun at the Academy for snubbing Barbie's Greta Gerwig.

By Jess Cohen Mar 10, 2024 11:19 PMTags
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There can never be Kenough love for Barbie.

In fact, during the Oscars on March 10, host Jimmy Kimmel even took a dig at the Academy for snubbing the film's director Greta Gerwig. (See every star at the 2024 Academy Awards here.)

"Barbie was a monster hit," Kimmel said in his opening monologue. "What a thing, what an achievement. To take a plastic doll nobody even liked anymore...now Barbie's a feminist icon thanks to Greta Gerwig, who many believe deserved to be nominated for Best Director."

"Hold on a second," the emcee told the audience as they applauded Gerwig. "I know you're clapping but you're the ones who didn't vote for her by the way. Don't act like you had nothing to do with this."

The Academy raised eyebrows in January when it failed to nominate Gerwig in the Best Director category for the 2024 Oscars, while star Margot Robbie was also left off the Best Actress list. However, they were still technically recognized by the Academy, given that Robbie, a producer on Barbie, is nominated in Best Picture category alongside American FictionAnatomy of a FallThe HoldoversKillers of the Flower MoonMaestro, OppenheimerPast LivesPoor Things and The Zone of Interest.

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Meanwhile, Gerwig and husband Noah Baumbach are up for Best Adapted Screenplay against American Fiction's Cord JeffersonOppenheimer's Christopher NolanPoor ThingsTony McNamara and The Zone of Interest's Jonathan Glazer.

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In total, Barbie received eight Oscar nominations, which is just fine with Gerwig.

"Of course I wanted it for Margot," she told TIME Feb. 21. "But I'm just happy we all get to be there together."

Robbie, who portrayed the titular character in the movie, isn't losing sleep over the snub either. 

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"There's no way to feel sad when you know you're this blessed," she said at a SAG screening of the film Jan. 30, per Deadline. "Obviously I think Greta should be nominated as a director, because what she did is a once-in-a-career, once-in-a-lifetime thing, what she pulled off, it really is."

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And although Robbie was left out of the acting categories, her costars America Ferrera and Ryan Gosling were recognized.

In the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Ferrera is up against Emily Blunt (Oppenheimer), Danielle Brooks (The Color Purple), Jodie Foster (NYAD) and Da'Vine Joy Randolph (The Holdovers).

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As for Gosling, he's facing off against Sterling K. Brown (American Fiction), Robert De Niro (Killers of the Flower Moon), Robert Downey Jr. (Oppenheimer) and Mark Ruffalo (Poor Things) in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role category.

While we wait and see who takes home the 2024 Oscars, keep reading to check out the fantastic Barbie squad and more stars on the red carpet...


In Armani Privé and Bulgari jewelry.

Florence Pugh

Del Core SS24 RTW and Bulgari jewelry.

DaVine Joy Randolph

In custom Louis Vuitton.

Jennifer Lawrence

In custom Christian Dior Haute Couture with Swarovski jewelry.

Carey Mulligan

In custom Balenciaga Couture and Fred Leighton.

Lily Gladstone

In Gucci x Joe Big Mountain.

Greta Lee

In Loewe.

Kate McKinnon

In Bucherer Fine Jewellery.

Greta Gerwig

In Gucci.

Robert Downey Jr.

In Saint Laurent and Tiffany & Co.

Margot Robbie

In Versace FW24 RTW and Fred Leighton.

Ariana Grande

In custom Giambattista Valli Haute Couture with Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Dwayne Johnson

In Dolce & Gabbana.

Charlize Theron

Christian Dior Haute Couture.

Ryan Gosling & Mandi Gosling

Ryan Gosling in custom Gucci.

Mark Consuelos & Kelly Ripa

Kelly Ripa in archive Donna Karan New York.

Becky G

In custom Vera Wang and custom Zales jewelry. 

Emma Stone

In custom Louis Vuitton.

Lupita Nyong'o

In custom Armani Privé.

America Ferrera

In custom Atelier Versace.

Hailee Steinfeld

In Elie Saab SS24 Couture and Chopard jewelry.

Kirsten Dunst & Jesse Plemons

Kirsten Dunst in Gucci with Fred Leighton jewelry.

Jodie Foster

In Loewe, Kwiat and Fred Leighton.

Billie Eilish

In Chanel.

Ke Huy Quan

In Giorgio Armani.

Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade

Gabrielle Union in Carolina Herrera PF24 with Tiffany & Co. jewelry and Dwyane Wade in custom Ateliee Versace.

Matt Bomer

In custom Brunello Cucinelli.

Roger Federer

Jessica Lange

Tamsin Egerton & Josh Hartnet

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