Barbie: how to watch, awards and everything we know

Margot Robbie as Barbie in a bright pink Corvette in the Barbie movie
Barbie girl Margot Robbie is ready to hit our screens this summer. (Image credit: Warner Bros)

The live-action Barbie movie transports us to a Barbie world as Oscar-nominated actress Margot Robbie takes on the iconic role.

As well as starring in the title role, the Wolf of Wall Street actress will also co-produce the movie with her production company LuckyChap Entertainment, which Robbie runs with her husband Tom Ackerley and her best friend Josey McNamara.

There's a massive Barbie cast, with some huge names like Ryan Gosling, Michael Cera, Kate McKinnon, Dua Lipa, Simu Liu, Helen Mirren and Will Ferrell starring in the movie.

Robbie said of the new gig: "I'm so honored to take on this role and produce a film that I believe will have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide."

Although she will be embodying the world-famous fashion icon in all its glory, the actress has teased that the movie defies our expectations, and a new trailer has just dropped.

As well as directing the upcoming cinematic project, Greta Gerwig, who is responsible for the likes of hit movies Little Women and Lady Bird, has co-written the script with her partner Noah Baumbach.

Here’s everything we know about Barbie

How to watch Barbie

After a historical run at the box office, Barbie is now available to watch at home through digital on-demand and streaming on Max. Here's everything you need to know on how to watch Barbie.

Is there a Barbie trailer?

Yes, three in fact! 

The latest one dropped in May, and it is the full, main trailer that will be released for the Barbie movie. In it, you can see Barbie having the ultimate blowout party, but suddenly realizing there must be more to life than partying and pretty outfits. Soon she is on a quest to visit the 'real world' where she finds herself in all sorts of hilarious scrapes!

You can watch here: 

Our first proper look at Barbie Land arrived in April when the second teaser trailer dropped. In the teaser we're introduced to plenty of Barbies, and two Kens (Ryan Gosling and Simu Liu) who look to have a little rivalry going. All kinds of madness is teased, including the film's humongous cast list. 

Check it out here:

You can also watch the previous teaser that riffed on 2001: A Space Odyssey below: 

Warner Bros. also released an exclusive first look at Ken's song 'Just Ken' as he pines for his true love Barbie...

And if you couldn't get enough of Barbie, you can watch Margot Robbie give us a tour of The Barbie Dreamhouse!

Who is in the cast of Barbie?

The upcoming movie has more excitement in store with its star-studded cast, including, Ryan Gosling as Barbie's dream man, Ken, along with Will Ferrell, Kate McKinnon, Alexandra Shipp, America Ferrera, Emma Mackey, Simu Liu and And Just Like That actor Hari Nef.

Barbie has now released character posters introducing each of the Barbies and Kens, with the likes of Dua Lipa, Ncuti Gatwa, Issa Rae and Kingsley Ben-Adir all starring as different versions of Barbie and Ken. Meanwhile, Michael Cera also stars as a character called Allan.

We then meet the 'Humans' cast which consists of America Ferrera, Ariana Greenblatt (who recently starred in 65 alongside Adam Driver), Helen Mirren as the narrator, Will Ferrell, Connor Swindells and Jamie Demetriou.

Margot also spoke to British Vogue about playing the role of Barbie saying that: "It comes with a lot of baggage! And a lot of nostalgic connections. But with that come a lot of exciting ways to attack it. 

“People generally hear ‘Barbie’ and think, ‘I know what that movie is going to be,’ and then they hear that Greta Gerwig is writing and directing it, and they’re like, ‘Oh, well, maybe I don’t...’”

Barbie (Margot) in front of four school girls

Margot Robbie as Barbie.  (Image credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

On June 15, Warner Bros. released a new image teasing our first look at Ryan Gosling. As Ken, Ryan is sporting a spray tan, personalized underwear, bleach blonde hair and a shirtless double-denim look. 

What is the Barbie movie plot?

The plot is currently being kept under wraps, but recent trailers have hinted that: "To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you’re a Ken."

Margot has hinted that the movie will go against our assumptions on everything we thought about the character.

Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, she revealed: “And we like the things that feel a little left of center. Something like Barbie where the IP, the name itself, people immediately have an idea of, ‘Oh, Margot is playing Barbie, I know what that is,’ but our goal is to be like, ‘Whatever you’re thinking, we’re going to give you something totally different — the thing you didn’t know you wanted.’”

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu has also described the movie as "wild" and "incredibly unique", and said "I wish I could just show you what we do day-to-day because its crazy" whilst speaking to GQ UK. He said that, although the movie is not a musical, he's been in dance rehearsals, making it even more difficult to try and predict what shape Barbie will take.

Margot Robbie dressed as cowgirl Barbie

Margot Robbie dressed as cowgirl Barbie. (Image credit: MEGA/GC Images)

Director Greta Gerwig shared her "terror" on taking on such a bold project during an interview on the At Your Service podcast and feared that it could be a "career-ender."

She said: “It was terrifying. I think that was a big part of it. I think there’s something about starting from that place where it’s like, ‘Well, anything is possible!’ It felt like vertigo starting to write it. Like, where do you even begin? What would be the story? That feeling that I had was knowing that it would be really interesting terror.

“Usually that’s where the best stuff is. When you’re like, ‘I am terrified of that.’ Anything where you’re like, ‘This could be a career-ender,’ then you’re like, ‘Ok, I probably should do it.'”

Barbie images

There's been some exciting (and very bright!) images circulating online of Margot and Ryan filming scenes rollerblading as Barbie and Ken.

The picture shows Margot and Ryan transformed into Barbie and Ken dressed in outrageous 80s-style neon lycra as they rollerblade along Venice Beach...

Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling on rollerblades film new scenes for 'Barbie' in Venice California

Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling on rollerblades. (Image credit: MEGA/GC Images)

The pair were also seen sporting iconic cowboy outfits, with Barbie wearing pink flares and a matching top complete with a cowboy hat and boots. Clearly cowgirl Barbie is set to make a huge comeback!

Barbie awards

Here are the major awards and nominations that Barbie has earned to date:


  • Best Picture
  • Best Supporting Actor — Ryan Gosling (nominee)
  • Best Supporting Actress — America Ferrera (nominee)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay (nominee)
  • Best Costume Design (nominee)
  • Best Production Design (nominee)
  • Best Original Song — "I'm Just Ken" (nominee)
  • Best Original Song — "What Was I Made For" (winner)

BAFTA Film Awards

  • Best Leading Actress — Margot Robbie (nominee)
  • Best Supporting Actor — Ryan Gosling (nominee)
  • Best Original Screenplay (nominee)
  • Best Costume Design (nominee)
  • Best Production Design (nominee)

Golden Globes

  • Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (nominee)
  • Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy — Margot Robbie (nominee)
  • Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture — Ryan Gosling (nominee)
  • Best Director — Greta Gerwig (nominee)
  • Best Screenplay (nominee)
  • Best Original Song — "Dance the Night" (nominee)
  • Best Original Song — "I'm  Just Ken" (nominee)
  • Best Original Song — "What Was I Made For?" (winner)
  • Cinematic and Box Office Achievement (winner)

American Film Institute

  • AFI Top 10 Motion Picture of the Year

Critics Choice Awards

  • Best Picture (nominee)
  • Best Actress — Margot Robbie (nominee)
  • Best Supporting Actor — Ryan Gosling (nominee)
  • Bes Supporting Actress — America Ferrera (nominee)
  • Best Young Actor/Actress — Ariana Greenblatt (nominee)
  • Best Acting Ensemble (nominee)
  • Best Director — Greta Gerwig (nominee)
  • Best Original Screenplay (winner)
  • Best Cinematography (nominee)
  • Best Production Design (winner)
  • Best Editing (nominee)
  • Best Costume Design (winner)
  • Best Hair and Makeup (winner)
  • Best Comedy (winner)
  • Best Song — "Dance the Night" (nominee)
  • Best Song — "I'm Just Ken" (winner)
  • Best Song — "What Was I Made For" (nominee)
  • Best Score (nominee)

Gotham Awards

  • Outstanding Supporting Performance — Ryan Gosling (nominee)

London Critics' Circle Awards

  • Film of the Year (nominee)
  • Director of the Year — Greta Gerwig (nominee)
  • Screenwriter of the Year — Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach (nominee)
  • Supporting Actor of the Year — Ryan Gosling (nominee)
  • Technical Achievement Award — Production Design (nominee)

Los Angeles Film Critics Awards

  • Best Supporting Performance — Ryan Gosling (runner-up)
  • Best Cinematography (runner-up)
  • Best Production Design (winner)
  • Best Music Score (runner-up)

National Board of Review

  • Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography (co-winner)
  • Top 10 Films of the Year

SAG Awards

  • Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (nominee)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role — Margot Robbie (nominee)
  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role — Ryan Gosling (nominee)
  • Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture (nominee)
Grace Morris
Staff Writer

Grace is a freelancer writer with, and she now writes for our sister site TechRadar. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film and TV grow stronger.

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