Ryan Reynolds Launches Deadpool’s Oscar Campaign
Within the past few weeks the superhero comedy Deadpool has been becoming an increasingly viable Oscar contender. The Ryan Reynolds starring film, which was released last February, was a surprising critical hit as well as a box office smash. Deadpool surprised Hollywood insiders when it was nominated for Best Picture at the Golden Globes, and shocked Hollywood when it was nominated for a PGA, an incredibly accurate predictor of Best Picture nominations. Deadpool’s irrelevant and fourth-wall breaking screenplay is even nominated at the upcoming Writers Guild Awards. No superhero film has ever received Oscar nominations for Best Picture or Best Screenplay, not even Christopher Nolan’s masterful The Dark Knight or James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Deadpool being the first one to do so would be an enormous surprise that no one would have seen coming.
The now awards-friendly Deadpool is finally addressing its newfound status. Yesterday, Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds tweeted a parodic Oscar consideration video for his film. Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, the video stays true to the film’s self aware and parodic tone. The video explains all of the components that went into making the movie, such as assless chaps, unicorns, and chimichangas. The video also acknowledges it fans, who are the ones that made Deadpool such a massive success. While Deadpool is a Oscar longshot in comparison to films such as La La Land, Moonlight, and Manchester by the Sea, the fact that Deadpool is a contender is itself a major surprise. The video seems to indicate that Reynolds is not taking Deadpool’s Oscar prospects seriously, despite the film’s multiple nominations at various awards shows.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) January 13, 2017
Oscar analysts have noted that the Producer Guild Awards have a higher tendency to nominate higher-grossing movies than the Oscars, which is why films such as surprise hits such as Straight Outta Compton and Bridesmaids were nominated at the PGAs but did not receive Best Picture nominations. Tim Miller, the director of Deadpool, was also nominated at the DGAs for Best First-Time Director. Garth Davis, the director of the more Oscar-friendly Lion, is expected the win the award. The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced January 24th, and the ceremony will be on February 26th.