For a psychotic rogue who has been cast to the outskirts of society, Deadpool has received a remarkably warm reception from the masses, breaking box office records and becoming one of the surprise hits of 2016.
Appealing to comic book fans is one thing, general cinema-goers another, but few would've expected recognition from award ceremonies. Yet, as Wade Wilson charges along the cinematic highway, bulldozing every expectation in sight, those in the industry are also recognising Deadpool as a film worthy of the highest accolades.
A number of weeks after becoming the first live-action superhero movie to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture (Ryan Reynolds was also nominated for Best Actor), the Writers Guild of America announced that Deadpool is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the annual WGA Awards.
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'Deadpool': An Unsurprising Surprise Nomination
It's an impressive achievement, especially for an unconventional superhero film, featuring a rapid-fire, joke-making, fourth-wall breaking protagonist who doesn't quite fit the definition of high-brow. That's not to do a disservice to the guile and ingenuity of the script penned by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, but compared to its opposition, #Deadpool stands out like a (tiny) small thumb.
Tim Miller's film will compete with Arrival, Fences, Hidden Figures and Nocturnal Animals, each of those standout films in their own right, but serious films none the less. In that sense, Deadpool is a surprise compared to award-magnets, including the likes of La La Land, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight in the Original Screenplay nominations.
The R-rated hit is perhaps helped by the omission of the likes of Lion, The Lobster, Elle, Toni Eardmann and Julieta, all of which were ineligible due to being filmed without a contract with an affiliated guild — one of the rules of the WGA Awards, and a restriction that makes it difficult to predict whether Academy Award recognition will follow.
Will Oscar Glory Follow For Wade Wilson?
Although #RyanReynolds and co will be looking forward to the Oscar nominations, in the Best Adapted Screenplay category, the film will face additional competition from Moonlight and Loving. Both films are considered original screenplays by the Writers Guild, but are deemed adapted screenplays by the Academy.
History would also suggest the odds are still slim for #Oscars glory. Both The Dark Knight and Guardians of the Galaxy picked up Best Adapted Screenplay nominations at the WGA Awards in 2009 and 2015 respectively, but both films were overlooked for the equivalent Oscar.
Although The Dark Knight received eight nominations, only one — Heath Ledger's posthumous award for his role as the Joker — came in the "big" categories. Aside from that, superhero movies have been left out in the cold by the Academy.
Can Deadpool break the trend? If anyone is capable of pulling off the impossible, it's Wade Wilson, the unlikely outsider who shook up the superhero industry and is braced to do to award season what Limp Bizkit did to music in the late 90s.
Do you think Deadpool will receive an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay?
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)