After this week's Oscar nominations announcement, the usual flurry of conversation regarding the neglected threw up a number of names, with Deadpool landing near the top of the list. There was a growing belief that the surprise hit of 2016 would get at least a nod of approval from the Academy; however, Tim Miller's R-rated success story didn't receive a single nomination.
Following nominations at the Golden Globes, Critics' Choice Movie Awards and WGA Awards (among others), there were a number of categories Deadpool looked to have a strong chance to compete — not least Best Adapted Screenplay, Special Effects and Costume Design. For superhero fans and lovers of a good underdog story, the omission was disappointing.
While these categories were the most likely of outcomes for Oscar recognition, it was also a snub by the Academy to ignore leading star #RyanReynolds for the Best Actor shortlist — at least according to fellow Hollywood A-lister Jake Gyllenhaal. As surprising as it sounds, Gyllenhaal explained his rationale to Entertainment Weekly:
"We talk about brilliant performances all the time, you know, the actors who tear themselves apart for their roles, which I’m a believer in. But then I look at Ryan Reynolds in 'Deadpool' and I say, 'No one can do that but him.' That is truly, purely him. As an artist he struggled for several years to figure that out and it’s all there on the screen. And it’s brilliant."
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He certainly has a point. If the prestigious ceremony is awarding those in the acting profession who passionately embody their work, become a part of it and lose themselves in its essence, then Reynolds would be a stand out nominee. He was a huge influence in the success of the film, believing in the fourth wall-breaking Merc with a Mouth long before others saw a glint of lewd potential.
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Further still, Reynolds has to be given a fair share of credit for the ingenious, stripped-down marketing campaign.
It's rare, especially in modern times, for a film's star to singlehandedly provide an incentive for the masses to part with their hard-earned cash, yet Reynolds's undeniable, ever-flowing charm was the key component in raising the profile of a film that would go on to gross almost $800 million worldwide.
Gyllenhaal — who will team-up with Reynolds and Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese in upcoming sci-fi movie Life — went on to challenge what it is the #Oscars seek to honor with the ceremony. He added:
"Sure it’s a comic book movie and it’s made a lot of money — but that doesn’t subtract from Ryan’s extraordinary work. Because it’s him. I mean, let’s ask ourselves: What else do we want from people who create? Something that is truly them."
'Deadpool' Was Snubbed — But Not For Best Actor
It's true the #Oscars often overlook superhero movies, as well as comedies – a trend that seriously stacked the odds against #Deadpool. Reynolds performance was magnetic, effortlessly witty and at times emotionally raw (particularly the scenes of Wade Wilson struggling with his cancer diagnosis) — but that alone wasn't worthy of a nomination for Best Actor, especially at the expense of Casey Affleck, Andrew Garfield, Ryan Gosling, Viggo Mortensen or Denzel Washington.
Instead, the true injustice lies with the categories mentioned in the second paragraph of this article. In particular, Deadpool's biggest snub was in the Adapted Screenplay category, for the way in which Reese, Wernick and Reynolds reconstructed a unique, rogue antihero from the pages of Marvel to a box office record breaker.
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(Source: Entertainment Weekly)