A stunning Oscar nomination in a big category would add to the film’s already surprising nominations haul this awards season.
At the Globes, the film lost to Oscar frontrunner “La La Land” in the best musical or comedy category — and Reynolds lost out to Ryan Gosling — but the nominations themselves may have served as advertisements to Academy voters.
While there’s a little momentum currently working in the film’s favor, ultimately, “Deadpool’s” golden Oscar target will be hard to hit.
No film from the superhero genre has ever been nominated for best picture (unless you count “Birdman”). The Academy has also had a history of stifling blockbusters and comedies — two genres that fit “Deadpool.”
However, the Academy expanded the number of entries in the best picture category back in 2009, in part, to include more broadly popular fare after another superhero film, Christopher Nolan’s Batman sequel “The Dark Knight,” was shut out of the category the year prior.
And as “Mad Max: Fury Road” showed last year by amassing six awards — more than any other 2015 release — R-rated blockbusters can get nominated, and win.
So, for now, the “Deadpool” Oscar dream is alive.