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

Written by on February 27, 2024

BARBIE, Ryan Gosling as Ken, 2023. © Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

(Variety) -After months of speculation, Ryan Gosling will officially perform “I’m Just Ken” live at the Oscars.

Sources tell Variety that the actor will sing the Academy Award-nominated song from “Barbie” during the 96th annual ceremony on March 10. The Academy declined to comment.

Whether he would agree to show off his singing chops on the Oscars stage has been a big question ever since both Gosling and the song picked up nominations in January.

In his Variety cover story in early February, Gosling 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.”

Mark Ronson, who wrote the song with Andrew Wyatt, told Variety at the Grammys that it was his dream for Gosling to perform at the Academy Awards.

When asked if he’d possibly sub in another singer should Gosling not want to perform “I’m Just Ken” live during the Oscars, Ronson said, “No. I think if Ryan doesn’t do it then we’re not doing it.”

“I’m Just Ken” is one of two “Barbie” tracks that earned an Oscar nomination for best original song. The other is “What Was I Made For?” by Billie Eilish and Finneas, which won the Grammy for best song written for visual media over “I’m Just Ken” and fellow “Barbie” hit “Dance the Night” by Dua Lipa.

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