Saturday, June 22, 2024

Ryan Gosling Performing “I’m Just Ken” at the Oscars is the Push That Song Needed


Not a shock: Ryan Gosling will perform “I’m Just Ken” from “Barbie” at the Oscars. Gosling and the song are nominated. The news — which has been an open secret for weeks — comes in the last two days of voting by the Academy. This should push the song over the top. Are they going to let “I’m Just Ken” lose after that? Gosling has been saying he’s on the fence about this potential performance. But when “I’m Just Ken” won the Critics Choice Awards, Gosling’s jaw dropped. I said to him, “Now you’re going to have to do it.” He nodded in disbelief. Gosling was a child performer with Disney. He can easily pull it off. Now suddenly this will be the front and center moment of the Oscars, guaranteeing at least good ratings when he’s on.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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