The nominations for the 89th annual Academy Awards were announced this morning and while there were notable surprises and snubs (no Best Actress nomination for Amy Adams? Go home Academy, you’re drunk) across the board, comic book fans in particular have reason to be a bit miffed.
Despite receiving nominations for Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes and Best Theatrical Motion Picture at the Producers Guild of America Awards, Deadpool was nowhere to be found in any Oscar category, let alone the much-coveted Best Picture race. Although Deadpool never realistically stood a chance at getting a Best Picture nomination, its shut out in all Oscar categories is surprising, especially when you factor in Ryan Reynolds’ promise of “one f–king crazy reaction video” if the film would have received a nomination (who didn’t want to see that?).
What is even more shocking is the fact that Suicide Squad — a comic book movie that was absolutely decimated by critics — was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Sure, those categories do not reflect on Suicide Squad’s actual quality in any way, shape, or form, but the fact remains that Suicide Squad is now technically an Academy Award-nominated film and Deadpool is not, which just seems more than a little unfair considering the latter film was both a critical (84% on Rotten Tomatoes) and commercial ($783.1 million on a $58 million budget) success.
Personally, I don’t subscribe to the idea that Deadpool actually deserved a Best Picture nomination, but I do think it would have been an interesting dark horse candidate that would have helped make this year’s Academy Awards appeal to a wider audience. Of course, I don’t think a movie should receive an award nomination just to boost ratings, but at the same time, Deadpool is arguably just as worthy of a Best Picture nod as something like Hacksaw Ridge, which, if we’re being honest, isn’t a great film.
At the very least, Deadpool deserved some sort of recognition in the technical categories or even a nomination for Best Screenplay for its hilarious, irreverent script. There’s just something off-putting about one of the worst movies of the year — comic book or otherwise — receiving two Academy Award nominations and a scrappy underdog like Deadpool coming up empty.
Fortunately, it seems like there are a lot of people out there who would agree with that sentiment:
Robbery!!! Suicide Squad is an Oscar nominee and Deadpool is not!!! #oscars
— Heidi MacDonald (@Comixace) January 24, 2017
While there are certainly a lot of salty Deadpool fans out there today, Ryan Reynolds isn’t among them, as the actor congratulated all other nominees in spite of the snub:
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) January 24, 2017