Deadpool continues to be the little comic book movie that could, earning two nominations for the 2017 Golden Globes. The R-rated labor of love superhero flick received nominations for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, and for Ryan Reynolds as Best Performance by and Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.
The nominations were the only ones for a comic book movie or TV series in any category of the Golden Globes this year, likely bolstered by the Comedy designation for the film. Deadpool's humor was a strong point for critics and fans, helped by Reynolds delivery and his dedication to the movie. He worked with director Tim Miller and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick on the film for years; all told, it took about 11 years from concept to actually hitting theaters.
In Best Picture - Musical or Comedy, Deadpool faces stiff competition. Current critical darling La La Land will likely emerge as the favorite in the category, with Sing Street, Florence Foster Jenkins, and 20th Century Women rounding out the nominations. Deadpool won the Critic's Choice award for Best Comedy last night, giving it some clout moving forward in other film awards.
In Best Actor - Musical or Comedy, Reynolds is up against Ryan Gosling for La La Land and Hugh Grant for Florence Foster Jenkins, doubling up those two films' nominations in the pair of categories. Jonah Hill in War Dogs and comic book movie and genre alum Colin Farrell in the dark comedy The Lobster complete the category.
Both La La Land and Florence Foster Jenkins also received nominations in other categories. Other genre entertainment represented came from television, with Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, and Westworld all earning multiple nods.
No comic book movies were represented at last year's awards, and it's a major step to see a superhero film recognized in this way, even if it doesn't lead to victory. Deadpool was praised for its originality in the category, with R-rated humor and violence punctuated by character work and a sense that while the stakes were plenty high, the movie never took itself too seriously.
Ryan Reynolds took to twitter to express thanks for the nomination (while adding in a little joke), saying, "Thank you, Golden Globes! As we speak, the entire Deadpool team is engaged in a grotesque, early morning tickle-fight."
Thank you, Golden Globes! As we speak, the entire Deadpool team is engaged in a grotesque, early morning tickle-fight. pic.twitter.com/l2LJT32tAi— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 12, 2016
Next for Deadpool is the sequel, tentatively referred to as Deadpool 2, which will bring in his pal the time-traveling mutant Cable. Reynolds once again stars and produces in the film, though the first movie's director Tim Miller left the project earlier this year. Replacing him as director is David Leitch, who co-directed John Wick and has worked as a stunt coordinator and performer and second unit director on films like Captain America: Civil War, Jurassic World, The Wolverine, The Bourne Legacy, and more. Deadpool 2 is currently scheduled for an early 2018 release.
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Created by Rob Liefeld and co-creator Fabian Nicieza for Marvel Comics, Deadpool is the Merc with the Mouth, an irreverent assassin with a healing factor stronger than Wolverine and the ability to break the Fourth Wall, realizing that he's in a story and addressing the audience, usually to great comedic affect.