Jimmy Kimmel Praises Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” at 96th Academy Awards

Jimmy Kimmel praises Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” at Oscars, highlighting her directorial impact despite absence from Best Director category.

Jimmy Kimmel praises Greta Gerwig's "Barbie" at Oscars, highlighting her directorial impact despite absence from Best Director category.
Jimmy Kimmel Oscars 2024. (PHOTO: via people, PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES)

In a night filled with glitz, glamour, and Hollywood’s finest, Jimmy Kimmel returned for his fourth time hosting the prestigious 96th Academy Awards.

However, it wasn’t just about the stars on the red carpet or the nominees; Kimmel took a moment to shine a spotlight on a director he believes deserved more recognition.

Kimmel’s opening monologue set the tone for the evening, as he humorously addressed the absence of Greta Gerwig from the Best Director category for her work on “Barbie.”

With sharp wit, Kimmel jokingly chided the Academy voters for overlooking Gerwig’s contribution to the film, playfully reminding them, “You did this!”

“Barbie,” starring Margot Robbie, garnered eight Oscar nominations, but Gerwig’s absence from the Best Director category was notable.

Kimmel didn’t shy away from pointing out this oversight, emphasizing Gerwig’s role in making Barbie a feminist icon and expressing his belief that she deserved recognition for her directorial prowess.

Throughout the evening, Kimmel continued to acknowledge Gerwig’s impact, praising her alongside Robbie and other stars of the film.

He playfully referred to Robbie and Ryan Gosling as “Barbie and Ken,” highlighting the chemistry and success of the film’s ensemble cast.

Despite the absence of a Best Director nomination for Gerwig, she remained gracious and focused on the positive aspects of the evening.

Speaking to Time magazine, Gerwig expressed her happiness at being nominated alongside her husband, Noah Baumbach, for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Robbie, too, spoke out about the nominations, expressing her gratitude for the recognition the film received and acknowledging Gerwig’s exceptional directorial achievement.

Kimmel’s decision to spotlight Gerwig’s work reflects a broader conversation within the industry about representation and recognition for female directors.

While Gerwig may not have received a nomination in the Best Director category, her impact on “Barbie” and the film industry as a whole is undeniable.

As the night progressed, Kimmel navigated the challenges of hosting the Oscars with his trademark humor and charm.

Reflecting on his role, Kimmel likened the experience to being “like the Kansas City Chiefs at the Super Bowl,” acknowledging the pressure to deliver a memorable show.

The 96th Academy Awards saw “Oppenheimer” emerge as the most-nominated film of the year, alongside other top contenders such as “Poor Things” and “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

Jimmy Kimmel praises Greta Gerwig's "Barbie" at Oscars, highlighting her directorial impact despite absence from Best Director category.
Ryan Gosling, Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie. (Photo Via People, JON KOPALOFF/GETTY)

However, it was Kimmel’s recognition of Gerwig’s contribution to “Barbie” that added an extra layer of depth to the evening’s celebrations.

In closing, the 96th Academy Awards served as a reminder of the talent and creativity within the film industry, while also highlighting the importance of diversity and representation behind the camera.

As Hollywood continues to evolve, voices like Greta Gerwig’s are essential in shaping the future of cinema.

The legacy of “Barbie” and Gerwig’s directorial vision will undoubtedly endure, inspiring future generations of filmmakers to push boundaries and challenge conventions.

And as Jimmy Kimmel aptly demonstrated, it’s never too late to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of those who deserve recognition.

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