After getting the nomination for the 96th annual Academy Awards, which was announced on Tuesday, Billie Eilish and her collaborator and brother Finneas O`Connell expressed how delighted they were to have gotten a Best Original Song nomination for their `Barbie` song `What Was I Made For?`, according to People.
Billie Eilish on getting Oscar 2024 nomination for Best Original Song
The Grammy winner posted a sweet photo of her cuddling the film`s star/producer Margot Robbie on Instagram, as well as a shot of the moment in which the emotional ballad appears. On the latter, the siblings issued a joint statement.
“Thank you so much to the members of @theacademy for nominating “What Was I Made For?” we are endlessly grateful for this honor and to have been a part of @barbiethemovie,” Billie wrote on Instagram. The singer-songwriters then thanked the film`s production team, which included Robbie, 33, Barbie director Greta Gerwig, and her screenwriting partner and husband, Noah Baumbach.
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According to People, The “Bad Guy” singer and O`Connell also thanked the co-producers on “What Was I Made For?” Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt, who helmed the Barbie soundtrack and received a Best Original Song nomination for “I`m Just Ken” themselves. They continued, “Thank you to Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt for weaving our song into the fabric and heart of this film so well.”
The musicians sweetly concluded by again bringing attention to Robbie (who notably did not receive a Best Actress nomination). “And a special shout out to Margot Robbie for her incredible foresight as a producer and brilliant performance that resonated with us so profoundly when writing this song,” the two added. “We are truly honored. Thank you.”
The Happier Than Ever artist and her brother`s nomination comes two years after they won their first-ever Oscar in 2022 for writing “No Time to Die” for the James Bond film of the same name.
Meanwhile, America Ferrera who shone with her performance as the human Gloria in `Barbie` won her first Academy Awards nomination in the Best Supporting actor category. Reacting to the female force behind the film getting snubbed at the Oscars, she told Variety, “I was incredibly disappointed that they weren’t nominated.”
She further explained, “Greta has done just about everything that a director could do to deserve it. Creating this world, and taking something that didn’t have inherent value to most people and making it a global phenomenon. It feels disappointing to not see her on that list.”
“What Margot achieved as an actress is truly unbelievable,” Ferrera further said talking about her co-star who played the famous doll. “One of the things about Margot as an actress is how easy she makes everything look. And perhaps people got fooled into thinking that the work seems easy, but Margot is a magician as an actress in front of the screen, and it was one of the honors of my career to get to witness her pull off the amazing performance she did. She brings so much heart and humor and depth and joy and fun to the character. In my book, she’s a master.”
(With Inputs from ANI)