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Ryan Gosling received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor for his performance as Ken, but Margot Robbie did not receive a lead actress nomination for her role in Barbie. Greta Gerwig was overlooked for best director. Read more on the nominations here. Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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'Barbie' receives 8 Oscar nominations, but was that Kenough?

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Jack Quaid, left, and Zazie Beetz speak Tuesday during the 96th Academy Awards nominations announcement at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 96th Academy Awards will take place March 10 in Los Angeles. Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP hide caption

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This image released by CBS shows Emma Stone accepting the award for best female actor in a motion picture for her role in "Poor Things" during the 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024. Sonja Flemming/AP hide caption

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Left to right: Barbies in India; Maya softball players in Mexico; walking on a frozen fountain in the mountains of Pakistan, where efforts are underway to revive the ancient art of glacier mating. Anushree Bhatter for NPR, Bénédicte Desrus; Diaa Hadid/NPR hide caption

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Kelsey, Kristen and Kaylen Kassab of The K3 Sisters Band in front of the Barbie Theater at World of Barbie at Stonebriar Centre Mall on in Frisco, Texas. Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images for World of Barbie hide caption

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Stevie Nicks stands under an image of her new Barbie doll during a concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for ABA hide caption

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The marquee at The Grove theater in Los Angeles announces the opening of Barbie in July 2023. Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Can movie theaters sustain the 'Barbie boost'?

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This summer, three women at the peak of their powers lead a spectacular pop culture revival. Beyoncé, left, performs onstage during the Renaissance World Tour in May 2023. Margot Robbie stars in Greta Gerwig's Barbie movie. And Taylor Swift performs during The Eras Tour in March 2023. Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Parkwood/Getty Images; Warner Bros. Pictures; John Medina/Getty Images hide caption

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How three female artists lead this summer's billion-dollar pop culture revival

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Vichitra Rajasingh had 80 Barbies as a kid. Living in a small town at a time when there wasn't much entertainment, she says Barbie was a source of limitless imagination. At the bakery she now runs, she bakes about half-a-dozen Barbie cakes a week. She says the dolls remind her of her grandmother, who passed away at age 87 in January and who used to surprise her by sewing outfits for her dolls. Anushree Bhatter for NPR hide caption

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The 50th anniversary of Barbie, in 2009, was commemorated in New York by a lineup of Barbie dolls from different eras, starting with the original in a black-and-white swimsuit. Craig Ruttle/Associated Press hide caption

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Is Barbie a feminist icon? It's complicated

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The latest EP from NewJeans, Get Up, is on our shortlist of the best releases out on July 21. ADOR/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on July 21

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It's not every day that an exuberant comedy about a Mattel doll goes head-to-head with a brooding drama about the father of the atomic bomb, but both Barbie and Oppenheimer deliver. Above, Margot Robbie as Barbie and Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer. Jaap Buitendijk, Warner Bros. / Melinda Sue Gordon, Universal Pictures hide caption

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Go see 'Barbie' and 'Oppenheimer' in theaters — doubleheader or not is your call

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Based on one of America's most emblematic pieces of intellectual property, Greta Gerwig's Barbie starring Margot Robbie, above, was never going to be just a movie, because Barbie was never just a doll. Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Margot Robbie poses on the pink carpet at a Barbie event in Seoul on July 2. Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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'Barbie' is pretty in pink — but will she also be profitable?

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