‘Deadpool’ Nominated For Best Screenplay By The Writer’s Guild Of America

The 2017 WGA Award nominees were announced Wednesday, and plucky underdog Deadpool scored a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. This winner winner chicken dinner is nominated alongside dramatic fare like Fences, Hidden Figures, and Nocturnal Animals, and fellow genre underdog Arrival.

The nomination isn’t entirely shocking. The Writer’s Guild previously nominated other superhero movies (The Dark Knight and Guardians Of The Galaxy), although Deadpool is certainly a rare R-rated genre pick. Maybe they were swayed by Deadpool‘s Academy Awards “for your consideration” campaign…

Or maybe they’re hoping now six-time Academy Award viewer Ryan Reynolds will film a personalized thank you video as he did for Deadpool‘s Clio Award nomination. Or maybe they’re just impressed that the film broke eleven box office records — including highest grossing R-rated movie and largest R-rated opening weekend — all on a budget of only about $58 million.

Here are the other nominees:

Best Original Screenplay

  • Hell Or High Water, Taylor Sheridan
  • La La Land, Damien Chazelle
  • Loving, Jeff Nichols
  • Manchester By The Sea, Kenneth Lonergan
  • Moonlight, Barry Jenkins

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Arrival, Eric Heisserer
  • Deadpool, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick
  • Fences, August Wilson
  • Hidden Figures, Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
  • Nocturnal Animals, Tom Ford

The winners will be announced on February 19th. Whether Deadpool wins or not (it won’t), we can guess how they’re reacting to the nomination.

(Via Comics Alliance and the Los Angeles Times)