No superhero movie has ever been nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards (unless you’re talking about the real superheroes, pig farmers, in which case: Babe in 1995). It didn’t happen for The Avengers, it didn’t happen for The Incredibles, it didn’t even happen for The Dark Knight.
But ever since 2009, when the potential nominees for Best Picture went from 5 to 10, there’s typically been at least one crowd-pleasing blockbuster: Avatar, Toy Story 3, Mad Max: Fury Road. This year’s frontrunners, however, lack a single film that’s expected to crack the $200 million barrier. (The last time that happened was in 2005 when Brokeback Mountain lead the pack with $178 million.) With Oscar ratings at an eight-year low, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences might be wise to sneak in one mega-hit everybody has seen, and that selection, as impossible as it sounds, might go to Deadpool.
And if it does, Ryan Reynolds has something big planned.
The Merc with the Mouth spoke to the Hollywood Reporter‘s Awards Chatter podcast about Deadpool‘s unlikely accolades, including nominations for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes and Best Theatrical Motion Picture at the Producers Guild of America Award. “We had no idea we would ever get anything beyond an MTV Movie Award best kiss nomination,” Reynolds joked (he and Morena Baccarin lost to Pitch Perfect 2‘s Rebel Wilson and Adam Devine). As for a potential Best Picture Oscar nomination, the actor said, “If it does end up in that category, 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.”
Best Picture is likely a three-way race between Moonlight vs. La La Land vs. Manchester By the Sea — why not let Deadpool get a “10th seed” nomination over Hacksaw Ridge? If only for the “f*cking crazy” video.
(Via the Hollywood Reporter)