Oscars 2024: ‘Barbie’ Loses Nomination To ‘Oppenheimer’ in 1 Shocking Category That Makes No Sense

Oppenheimer stuns Barbie with an Oscar nod in one surprise category.

Oscars 2024: ‘Barbie’ Loses Nomination To ‘Oppenheimer’ in 1 Shocking Category That Makes No Sense


  • Margot Robbie's Barbie dominated the global box office in 2023.
  • However, the fantasy comedy has managed underwhelming results in awards season thus far.
  • Much to everyone's surprise, Barbie isn't nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for the 96th Academy Awards.
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Barbie was the clear winner in the battle of the Barbenheimer in 2023, as the Margot Robbie-led film left behind Cillian Murphy’s Oppenheimer at the box office with a remarkable worldwide collection of $1.4 billion. The latter could *only* amass $955.6 million.

A still from Barbie

The fantasy comedy also ended the year on high, dominating the Golden Globes Awards nominations with nine nods. However, the 2024 awards season hasn’t been as prolific for Barbie, with Oppenheimer sweeping the big share of the honors.

The recently announced Oscar nominations suggest the trend is likely to continue. If anything, this time, the grim documentary feature has left behind Barbie and pushed its way into a category that many expected Robbie’s movie to win.


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Barbie Misses Out on Oscar Nomination in a Shocking Category

As part of Barbie’s promotional run, Margot Robbie attended almost every event donning outfits inspired by different Barbie dolls last summer. This underlined that apart from Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach’s screenplay; Robbie and Ryan Gosling’s acting talents, the makeup of the main character is going to be a big feature of Barbie.

Barbie (2023)
Margot Robbie in Barbie

According to a report in Glamour, 48 hair pieces, 25 lipstick shades, custom eyebrows, and body paint were used to transform the Babylon star into the iconic doll.


“Every single Barbie and Ken, we designed individually,” hair and makeup artist Ivana Primorac revealed. “We designed the makeup, the skin tone, everything that suits them best. Everyone had their own team of hair and makeup artists.”

However, despite such a huge emphasis on recreating fascinating and different looks for the residents of Barbie Land, Barbie failed to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

Oppenheimer, Golda, Maestro, Society of the Snow and Poor Things are in the running for the honor.

Read more: Barbie Scores A Rare Win Over Oppenheimer After Disappointing Defeat At The Golden Globes


Oppenheimer Leaves Barbie Behind in Total Oscar Nods

Oppenheimer is also leading the pack with a staggering 13 nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Director, for the 96th Academy Awards. Emma Stone starrer feminist fantasy, Poor Things, is just behind it with 11 nods.

Cillian Murphy in and as Oppenheimer
Cillian Murphy in Oppenheimer

Barbie underwhelmingly received eight nominations, two less than third-placed Killers of the Flower Moon.

As far as major individual awards are concerned, Robbie was shut out by the decision-makers. Cillian Murphy, meanwhile, earned his first Oscar nod and is competing with the likes of Bradley Cooper and Paul Giamatti for Best Actor.


Gosling is impressively in the race for Best Supporting Actor. He’s up against Robert Downey Jr. and Robert De Niro among others.


Written by Vishal Singh

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Vishal Singh is a Content Writer at FandomWire. Having spent more than half a decade in the digital media space, Vishal specializes in crafting engaging entertainment- and sports-focused stories. He graduated from university with an honors degree in English Literature.