Now, in an already crowded #Oscars field, filled with the critically acclaimed likes of Moonlight, La La Land and Manchester by the Sea, you might imagine that there's relatively little space for a dark horse candidate in which to squeeze their way. After all, this is the #AcademyAwards we're talking about here — an awards ceremony that, while painfully white and male, remains very much the most prestigious in town. With 2017's edition looking to have an already stacked line-up of critical darlings and indie gems, then, could there really be room for an outsider to break up "serious" cinema's monopoly on nominations? And, if so, just who could it be?
Oh, hey there #Deadpool. What's that? You're fresh off of a handful of #GoldenGlobes nominations, and Critics Choice Awards wins? And the Academy has a history of throwing a commercially successful outsider choices into the Best Picture category in order to drive ratings and appear culturally relevant (coughAmericanSnipercough)?
Well then, who am I to argue? There is, it seems, a fairly solid (if outside) chance of #Fox's Deadpool getting an actual, factual Best Picture nomination. Which, if it were to happen, might just lead to something rather great. Y'see:
If 'Deadpool' Gets An Oscar Nomination, Ryan Reynolds Has Some Big Plans
That's right. As #RyanReynolds, the man inside the Deadpool suit himself recently put it to THR's Awards Chatter Podcast, the very idea of a Best Picture nomination is so huge, he'd feel obligated to do something substantial to celebrate:
"We had no idea we would ever get anything beyond an MTV Movie Award best kiss nomination... If it does end up in that category [Best Picture], I think that’s kind of a cool moment, for not just us, but for everybody — for the people that went to see the movie, the people that made the movie, the studio, even the Academy. I don’t think that any superhero film has ever really broken that glass ceiling, so it would be nice to see one like 'Deadpool' do it. And I can certainly promise one f*cking crazy reaction video online. In the Deadpool suit. Guaranteed."
Which, while perhaps not the sort of promise that'll necessarily help Deadpool to navigate the murky, grandiose swamp that is "Oscar nominations season," remains exactly the sort of vow that devoted Deadpool fans have long since learned to count on.
So, c'mon Academy voters. Make this happen. We'll owe you one.
What do you think, though? Will Deadpool actually snatch an Oscar nomination or two? Let us know below!