Yes, Ryan Gosling Will Perform ‘I’m Just Ken’ at the Oscars!

Ryan Gosling is headed to the Oscars, and yes, Ken will be performing for the world for the very first time!

The big news out of Barbieland is that Ryan Gosling, will officially perform “I’m Just Ken” live at the Oscars.

After being nominated for an Oscar for his role in Barbie, along with co-star America Ferrera, it felt like a foregone conclusion.

Especially since the song that made everyone sing this summer, I’m Just Ken, is also nominated.

(I’m choosing to not bring up the travesty against Greta and Margot for the moment)

Prepare your Kenergy, fans — he’s coming for Hollywood’s biggest night!

Ryan Gosling at a Barbie Event in pink jacket
Ryan Gosling shows off how well he can use a microphone for the crowd at Cinema Con 2023. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Ryan On Bringing Ken to the Oscars: “It’s All I’m Going To Think About”

What’s interesting is that Ryan has been coy about performing for weeks now.

Most recently, in his Variety cover story in early February, he insisted that the Academy hadn’t yet asked him to perform.

“It might be too much of a risk to have me do it,” said Gosling, who is up for an acting Oscar for his work as Ken. “I don’t know how that would work. But I’m open to it.”

Before that, In an interview with W Magazine for its annual Best Performances issue, Gosling sat down with his Barbie co-star Margot Robbie to talk about the film’s success.

At the time, Barbie had nabbed a slew of awards: Golden Globes. BAFTAs. You name it.

Now that he’s nabbed his Oscar nom, along with the song, it’s seems he poised to take the stage after all. Especially, considering that he was game for it before he was even nominated!

“I wasn’t thinking about it until now,” he admitted to W in December 2023, “and now it’s all I’m going to think about!”

It’s all any of us are thinking about! With the thought firmly planted in his mind, Gosling spiraled out from there, questioning all the logistics of his performance.

Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie at a Barbie premiere.
Barbie and Ken, all smiles at their big, pink premiere! (Photo by Lia Toby/Getty Images for Warner Bros. )

“Do you get paid to sing at the Oscars?” he asked Robbie. “Do you have to drive yourself? What kind of scratch is involved? They pick you up at least, right?”

But he didn’t stop there!

When asked about his go-to karaoke song, Gosling teased the much anticipate performance again, quipping: “I don’t have one. I only sing at the Oscars … Oh no, wait, I don’t.”

‘Barbie’ Shortlisted For All Major Oscars Categories, But Fell Short

Ryan Gosling and America Ferrara chat about ‘Barbie’ during the all important ‘For Your Consideration’ period. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for Warner Bros.)

Oscar nominations were revealed officially on January 23rd. Barbie scored some big wins, but also some major losses.

Fine, we’ll say it: Margot Robbie AND Greta Gerwig were shut out! No Best Actress nomination and no Best Director nomination! Heartbreaking? Yes!

Never mind that Barbie lead with 18 total nods for the 2024 Critics Choice Awards, and then snagged a win for I’m Just Ken! It actually beat out two other songs on the soundtrack: “What Was I Made For” by Billie Eilish, as well as Dua Lipa’s Barbie song “Dance the Night.”

Never mind that the film also snagged nine nominations for the Golden Globes and  15 for the BAFTA Film Awards.

And the viral smash song, “I’m Just Ken” is helping the nomination numbers climb. It’s received a nod from this year’s Golden Globes and a Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

Sounds like Ken is a big ten!

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