Bono’s nepo baby daughter, actress Eve Hewson, has slammed the Academy Awards and blamed the ‘patriarchy’ for Barbie director Greta Gerwig’s Oscars snub.
Hewson joined furious fans online as backlash mounted after Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig were missed off the list for Oscar nominations for their billion-dollar feminist blockbuster.
The exclusion attracted extra attention as Ryan Gosling, who played Ken, was nominated for best supporting actor.
Posting on Instagram on Tuesday, Hewson shared a photo of the Barbie cast with the caption ‘And the patriarchy rules again. So lame.’
Eight women have ever been nominated for best director at the Oscars, compared to 468 men – with zero women were nominated last year.
Hewson took to Instagram to share her disappointment that Gerwig had been left off the nominations list
She posted ‘Justice!!!!!!’ for Gerwig and said the snub was due to the ‘patriarchy’
Fans pointed to the irony of a female director of a feminist film being passed over in favor of her male contemporaries.
In the film, Barbie and Ken leave the matriarchal Barbieland – where women hold all the positions of power – to travel to the Real World where men are in charge.
Barbie experiences sexism and misogyny and the pair return to Barbieland and decide that a society run entirely by either men or women is bad and instead settle on a system of equality.
‘Nepo baby’ Hewson, 32, is the second child of former U2 frontman, Bono, and activist Ali Hewson.
She shared a photo of Greta Gerwig on her Instagram on Tuesday and called for ‘justice’ for the director.
She followed it up with a quote from Barbie where America Ferrera’s character says that it is ‘literally impossible to be a woman’.
Hewson then shared a link to a LA Times article which asked ‘did too many people (particularly women) enjoy Barbie for it to be considered important enough for academy voters?’
Eve Hewson is the daughter of former U2 frontman Bono and the activist Ali Hewson
Hewson has been vocal on social media before, poking fun at an expose of so-called nepo babies in 2022.
She was named as a nepo baby in a series of articles which mapped out which children of celebrities that had followed in their parents’ footsteps.
Unlike some celebrities, who responded angrily, Hewson embraced the label and took a lighthearted approach, saying: ‘Gonna get Nepo Baby tattooed on my a**.’
She then suggested that ‘all the Nepo babies unite and dress up as giant babies for Halloween’.
Barbie did secure eight Academy Award nominations, including best picture, Ryan Gosling for best supporting actor and two best-song candidates in What Was I Made For and I’m Just Ken.
It comes as Ryan Gosling released a statement on Tuesday expressing his disappointment at Robbie and Gerwig’s snubs.
Gosling, 43, who himself was nominated for Best Supporting actor for his portrayal of Ken in the film, shared that the movie would not exist without Margot, 33, and Greta, 40.
‘There is no Ken without Barbie, and there is no Barbie movie without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie, the two people most responsible for this history-making, globally-celebrated film.’
‘Wait Ryan Gosling got nominated for his role as Ken, but Margot Robbie didn’t get nominated for Barbie?!’ groused one livid fan on X
Ryan’s big musical number in the film, I’m Just Ken, is also up for an award. with the nomination honoring songwriters Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt
‘No recognition would be possible for anyone on the film without their talent, grit and genius. To say that I’m disappointed that they are not nominated in their respective categories would be an understatement.’
‘Their work should be recognized along with the other very deserving nominees.’
Gosling began his statement expressing gratitude for his nomination.
‘I am extremely honored to be nominated by my colleagues alongside such remarkable artists in a year of so many great films.”
‘And I never thought I’d being saying this, but I’m also incredibly honored and proud that it’s for portraying a plastic doll named Ken,’ he shared.
The actor then went on to share his disappointment at Margot and Greta not being nominated, before praising them for their work on the film.
‘Against all odds with nothing but a couple of soulless, scantily clad, and thankfully crotchless dolls, they made us laugh, they broke our hearts, they pushed the culture and they made history.’
Lastly, he congratulated his other co-star America Ferrera, who received the best Supporting actress nod.
‘Having said that, I am so happy for America Ferrera and the other incredible artists who contributed their talents to making this such a groundbreaking film.’
The Academy Award nominations were announced to fanfare in Hollywood on Tuesday morning.