Deadpool Is the First Superhero Movie to Be Nominated for Best Picture

Monday, 12 December 2016 - 10:21AM
Deadpool
Monday, 12 December 2016 - 10:21AM
Deadpool Is the First Superhero Movie to Be Nominated for Best Picture
Deadpool was just nominated for a Golden Globe, and in other news, hell has officially frozen over. Okay, so we're not THAT surprised, but it's still pretty big news. While prestige science fiction films have been a thing for quite a while now, and comic book movies have occasionally garnered an acting nom in addition to technical awards, this marks the very first comic book movie to receive a nomination for Best Picture from one of the major awards organizations.

Geek culture was represented about as much as you'd expect in this year's Golden Globes, with a couple of surprises. Amy Adams was nominated for prestige sci-fi drama Arrival, Colin Farrell was given a nod for the underrated quirky sci-fi flick The Lobster, Octavia Spencer was nominated for NASA biopic Hidden Figures, while on the TV side, critically acclaimed hits Game of Thrones, Westworld, and Mr. Robot received the expected accolades, along with pleasant surprises in Stranger Things and an acting nom for Caitriona Balfe on Outlander.

But the biggest Cinderella story is definitely Deadpool, which received nominations for Best Picture - Musical or Comedy and Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for Ryan Reynolds. While comic book actors have certainly been nominated and/or won before - most notably Heath Ledger winning a posthumous Oscar for The Dark Knight - this is the first time a proper comic book movie has been nominated for a major Best Picture Award from the Golden Globes or Oscars.

I shouldn't be as surprised as I am, since Deadpool was a great and critic-friendly movie. It had lots of fan service, yes, but it was also very self-aware, which elevated it from "great comic book movie" to "great movie" in many critics' books. And who knows whether this will translate into nominations at the Oscars, as the Golden Globes generally tend to shake things up a little more and favor big-time celebrities. But still, I would say it's a huge coup for geek culture that a movie with tons of comic book-ish violence, a huge silver CGI sidekick, and a gross mutant baby hand was still considered to be a "good" movie by a prestigious awards organization. Usually, Deadpool would just be at the top of our sci-fi Oscars wish list, but this year it could actually become a reality. It looks like we can officially stop complaining that critics hate superhero movies

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