As a viewer of 5 Academy Awards and winner winner of chicken dinner, Deadpool has already experienced its fair share of success since Ryan Reynolds first perfected his superhero landing last year. Now, it looks like the Merc with a Mouth could land something even more impressive.
That's right, guys. The man who looks like the product of an avocado having sex with an older, more disgusting avocado may be up for Oscar glory following nominations from the Golden Globes and Producers Guild of America Award (PGA).
What The Hell Is A PGA And Why Does It Matter?
Following a couple of unprecedented nominations for Best Actor and Best Motion Picture at the Golden Globes, Deadpool has now been selected by the PGA as one of the ten best movies of the year. While there are many comic book fans out there who undoubtedly endorse this decision, the nomination comes as a huge surprise for industry voices used to seeing more 'traditional' movies fill out the list.
Just a quick glance at Deadpool's competitors reveals that the Merc with a Mouth is in far more esteemed company than the usual degenerates he enjoys associating with:
- Hacksaw Ridge
- Hell or High Water
- Hidden Figures
- La La Land
- Manchester by the Sea
Edging out favourites such as Jackie and Silence, Deadpool is now being considered alongside the kind of films that typically enjoy success at the Oscars, suggesting that perhaps a golden statuette could soon be held in the Mercenary's baby-sized grip. After all, the majority of Oscar voters are also members of the PGA and WGA (Writers Guild of America Award) guilds, and they're unlikely to turn a complete 180 in the coming weeks.
Producer Simon Kinberg recognized the significance of Deadpool's PGA nomination, telling USA Today that;
"We are beyond thrilled and humbled by this honor. We made this movie with a passion and love that audiences responded to. And now it's equally incredible to have our peers embracing that same commitment. We really wanted to make something that broke all the rules, and somehow we didn't get punished for it."
While everyone involved in the production of Deadpool clearly fell in love the project, one man's passion for pansexual mercenaries proved stronger than all others.
Ryan Reynolds's Oscar Game Is Strong
#RyanReynolds championed Deadpool's return to the big screen back when it wasn't fashionable to do so, and now he's proved himself to be ahead of the curve once again, campaigning for Deadpool to receive Oscar recognition long before anyone else even considered this a possibility. As well as asking friends like Hugh Jackman to publicly support the film, Reynolds even sent out a letter written in the style of Wade Wilson to the most influential voters, including the Canadian TV personality Teri Hart:
Here's the surprisingly sweet letter in full:
"Apologies in advance for the simple letter. I was informed by 20th Century Fox that I'm not allowed to present you with freshly pitted Greek olives, locally purchased deli meats and low-grade Canadian elk jerky. I can offer you complimentary backstage passes to my heart, along with my sincerest thanks for supporting our 'Deadpool' film this year.
As you may know, 'Deadpool' was a labor of intense passion and love for me, spanning the better part of a decade. Actually, it was the worst part of a decade because nobody would make the film. Despite countless roadblocks, the incredible team of Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Tim Miller and I continued onward until somebody at Fox accidentally said 'Yes' thinking we were a 'Maze Runner' spin-off.
So with limited resources, and a budget which would barely cover the cocaine costs on most studio films, we were given an opportunity to collectively take 'Deadpool' out of the shadows and into the world. Throughout mind-bending setbacks, an anemic budget, and an entire year without sleep, 'Deadpool' emerged from a 5th tier Marvel character to a pop culture phenomenon... and then onward from there, becoming the highest-grossing Rated R film in history.
I'm so immensely proud of our team from the Location PAs all the way to Emma Watts, Jim Gianopulos, and Stacey Snider. They helped us introduce a true game-changer to the genre. Audience and critics alike were ready to embrace something new, disruptive, and authentic. Thank you for helping this character of Wade W. Wilson /Deadpool reach the farthest corners of the world. Thank you for helping me see a decade-long dream explode into living color.
Once in a while the long game pays off and reminds me that in this industry, truly, anything can happen."
As if that wasn't enough, Reynolds has now released a 'For Your Consideration' clip which is anything but traditional, selling Deadpool to voters on the strength of;
"600 lbs of Chimichangas4 pairs of assless chaps, 12 humiliating minutes on the casting couch, 117 script pages, 465 ad libs, as well as 3 good walls and a 4th that’s broken."
If you're one of the film's "783 million fans," then check out the clip in full below:
Without Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool may never have seen the light of day in the first place, and once again, the actor's passion could now propel his beloved project to bold new heights.
What Are The Actual Chances Of Deadpool Winning?
In the past, there's been a direct correlation between films nominated for Best Picture at the PGAs and those that receive recognition at the #Oscars. From 2007 to 2014, the PGAs became a definitive source for those hoping to predict the Oscar nominations. Admittedly, that did change last year when the PGAs sided with The Big Short, which ultimately lost to Spotlight in the Oscar race.
Based on past wins then, Deadpool's inclusion on the list is extremely promising, although history also tells us that superhero films are almost always overlooked when it comes to the biggest award show of all. Guardians of the Galaxy took critics by surprise in 2015 after the film received a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, but no win was secured.
The Dark Knight performed even better, earning eight nominations that included a huge win for Heath Ledger's posthumous role as the Joker, but Christopher Nolans's critically acclaimed hit was ultimately snubbed in the other 'big' categories. Many believe that this was the reason why the Academy switched up the rules, increasing the limit of films that could be nominated for Best Picture from five to ten — yet since then, no comic book movie has been entered in this category.
It's not just superhero films that have lost out either. Celebrated genre films such as Jaws, Star Wars and ET also failed to net themselves an Oscar, despite their iconic status, so this doesn't bode well for Deadpool. However, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and The Silence of the Lambs were notable exceptions.
What About Other Superhero Films?
If Deadpool doesn't secure an Oscar nomination, is there a chance that one of the film's more heroic competitors could grab a cheeky nod instead? Out of all the comic book movies that would be eligible, Captain America: Civil War is the only one that holds a slim chance of being nominated in one of the 'big' categories, including Best Picture or Best Supporting Actor. After all, Robert Downey Jr. already surprised us once by bucking the trend with a nod for the comedy Tropic Thunder, so perhaps this is Tony Stark's turn to shine?
Alternatively, Doctor Strange has been lauded for its visuals time and time again, so it's likely that the Sorcerer Supreme could cast a spell over the technical categories, but a nomination for one of the bigger awards looks unlikely. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad may also be recognised in this manner, although the critical mauling that both DCEU films received could hold them back... and the less said about X-Men: Apocalypse's chances, the better.
At the end of the day, if there's any superhero film that will finally prove a hit with Oscar voters this year, it's Deadpool. Alongside his current award season success, the Chimichanga-loving Merc is also rather unique when compared to other comic book properties. Deadpool can easily be sold as a comedy film that stands on its own two feet, rather than a superhero movie that contains funny elements, setting it apart from typical genre films.
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Reynolds is rather liked in Hollywood, so if his voting peers enjoyed Deadpool as much as the fans did, then we could very well be looking at the first superhero film to be nominated and perhaps even win an Academy Award for Best Picture. Director Tim Miller is probably kicking himself now for not throwing in a historical figure or two in to secure that Oscar glory, but regardless, all eyes will be on the Academy Award nomination announcement come January 24th, followed by the PGA Award winners reveal on January 28th.
Will Deadpool win an Oscar for Best Picture?
(Source — USA Today)