Do you think this superhero can win an Oscar?

  • Movies
  • Monday, 23 Jan 2017

Deadpool – a movie collaboration from Marvel and Fox – is stacking up nominations for prestigious awards. After being named among this year's Golden Globes hopefuls, the film, which stars Ryan Reynolds, has now been nominated for a Writers Guild Award, recognising screenwriting skills. Could the next stop for Deadpool be the Oscars?


A huge box office hit of 2016, grossing US$783mil (RM3.28bil) worldwide, Deadpool appears to have succeeded in winning over moviegoers and critics alike. Its dark and smutty humour, action scenes and the performance of its main star, Ryan Reynolds, seem to have proved a hit in both camps. And that's no mean feat – critics and the public don't often agree on a movie, especially a so-called "popcorn" movie.

After scooping two Critics' Choice Awards, Tim Miller's movie was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Ryan Reynolds at the Golden Globes. The movie did not win anything, though.

Even so, Deadpool has already scored a notable achievement. Deadpool is in the process of doing something that very few superhero movies have so far managed, with the exception of Christopher Nolan's Batman films. The disfigured mercenary has now also bagged a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Writers Guild of America Awards, up against Denis Villeneuve's Arrival, Denzel Washington's Fences, Theodore Melfi's Hidden Figures and Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals.

Deadpool could even hope for an appearance at this year's Oscars. The movie is already among the seven finalists up for the Best Makeup and Hairstyling award, alongside Suicide Squad, The Dressmaker, Hail, Cesar!, A Man Called Ove, Star Trek Beyond and Florence Foster Jenkins.

However, there's a chance the movie could bust its way out of the Oscars' technical categories. Until now, superhero flicks have mostly been restricted to the Academy's secondary awards, for makeup or special effects, for example. Guardians Of The Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Avengers and all three Iron Man movies have previously been nominated in these categories, without ever lifting a coveted golden gong.

So could Deadpool be the superhero movie that breaks through into more prestigious categories, whether for its screenplay or for Ryan Reynolds' performance Fans will find out Jan 24 when the nominations for the 89 Academy Awards are officially announced. – AFP Relaxnews

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