Last year at this time, fans of Marvel’s ultimate anti-hero Deadpool could hardly contain their excitement. For the devoted many that had been waiting years to see their beloved Merc With a Mouth finally hit the big screen in his first standalone movie, anticipation was high. A somewhat spectacular promotional campaign had further amplified hopes, but beyond Deadpool’s fanbase, no one was quite sure what to make of the arrival of Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson.
As it turned out, Deadpool was a runaway smash hit – and not just for those who were already well familiar with the character. Grossing more than $700 million dollars worldwide, the movie also went on to gain the distinction of being the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time. Not bad at all for a production that had been stuck in development hell for a decade. If not for the persistence and passion of Ryan Reynolds, who knows what would have become of Deadpool.
Ever since its welcome reception, there’s been all sorts of speculation regarding Deadpool’s chances for serious award recognition. Well, things have just become a little more real for Ryan Reynolds’ passion project. Variety is reporting that Deadpool has been nominated for a Writers Guild Award in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. The script was written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick – both of whom are responsible for scripting the upcoming Deadpool sequel. The winners will be announced on February 19.
The news of Deadpool’s nomination comes as a shock to many and the comic book movie shares the honor with some pretty heavy hitters. Also nominated in the category are Arrival, Fences, Hidden Figures and Nocturnal Animals. Although Deadpool has won and been nominated for a slew of awards since its release, this WGA acknowledgement is not only one of the most prestigious of its honors, but it also marks the first time the movie’s screenplay has been singled out for awards consideration. It appears that once again Ryan Reynolds’ care for the structure of Deadpool has paid off – having paid Reese and Wernick to be on set after Fox refused to do so. The script came together as a result of six years of work and creative collaboration, making this nomination all the more sweet.
As Deadpool fans know, the remainder of the movie’s major award considerations so far are two Golden Globe nominations in the Musical or Comedy category – Best Motion Picture and Best Performance By An Actor (Ryan Reynolds). With this latest nomination from the WGA, Deadpool‘s odds of becoming a legitimate Oscar contender just might be on the rise. However, though the movie beat out Martin Scorsese’s Silence for a WGA screenplay nomination, the Oscars are a different matter altogether. That’s not to say that it isn’t possible, though and this recent support from the WGA does make a difference in the matter.
With awards season looming on the horizon, it’s safe to say that Deadpool fans will be more interested than ever in the outcome of this year’s biggest ceremonies. Deadpool certainly had the charm to bring audiences in around the world – will that charm continue all the way to the Oscars? It’s hard to say, but at this point the Merc With a Mouth continues to prove himself full of surprises.