Before its release last February, Deadpool was a question mark on the genre movie calendar. It had plenty of buzz from fans who'd been clamoring to see it for years, but it wasn't clear if Ryan Reynolds' mutant passion project would be rewarded with a major box-office haul that reached beyond the core fanbase.
In the end, Deadpool didn't just do well for an R-rated action comedy; it did well for any movie, cracking the top 10 blockbusters of the year and kicking the Reynoldssance (yes, that's what we're calling the resurrection of Ryan Reynolds' career, don't fight it) into high gear. The film's box-office gold and subsequent home media success ensured a sequel (and likely more than one X-Men movie cameo over the next few years), but Deadpool didn't stop there. Nearly a year after its release, the film is still getting quite a bit of attention on the awards circuit.
At last Sunday's Golden Globes, the film was up for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Reynolds (eventual winner Ryan Gosling joked that Reynolds should've won). The film has also earned a Critics Choice Award normination for Best Comedy and a prestigious Writers Guild of America nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Now, another big nomination has arrived.
Today, the Producers Guild of America nominated producers Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner and Reynolds himself for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures for their work on Deadpool. The PGA nod is one of the highest honors a producer can receive, and it puts Deadpool in the ranks with awards season darlings like La La Land, Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea. What's more, the PGAs are often a good barometer for the Best Picture race at the Oscars, and since that field was widened to 10 nominees several years ago to accommodate a wider range of films, Deadpool might just make the cut in 2017. Sure, we don't expect it to win, but it would still be fun to see our Merc With a Mouth get his name called at the Oscars.