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Ryan Gosling's Show-Stopping and Dress-Bursting 'I'm Just Ken' Act

‘My dress is broken – I think it happened during I’m Just Ken’ - Emma Stone picks up her Oscar after wardrobe malfunction

Ryan Gosling & Slash - Oscars 2024 (C) ABC

There was a general agreement among the audience in the room and on the screens: Ryan Gosling's much awaited Oscar live performance of “I’m Just Ken” from the “Barbie” soundtrack, which was nominated for best original song will go down in history.

Gosling, in a sparkling pink outfit, started his act in the audience before moving onstage, joined by Mark Ronson, Slash, and backup dancers. The act also featured cameos from his "Barbie" co-stars and other collaborators, including a sing-along moment with Margot Robbie, Greta Gerwig, and Emma Stone - causing her dress to split.

Speculation about Gosling’s live performance circulated until he confirmed his participation weeks before the Oscars. This was in contrast to his previous decision not to perform at the 2017 Oscars. Mark Ronson, who co-wrote "I’m Just Ken," expressed his hope for Gosling to lead the performance, firmly stating no alternative performer would replace Gosling.

Gosling, a best supporting actor nominee for "Barbie," jokingly commented on the logistics of performing at the Oscars. The film, directed by Greta Gerwig, earned eight nominations, including best picture.


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