Deadpool’s fun, right? Lots of swearing and sex and gore and references to Ryan Reynold’s face genitals.
It’s a silly action movie, a blockbuster film that’s made for a lowbrow audience which will be fondly remembered, but which isn’t exactly breaking any boundaries in terms of artistic expression.
Wait, it got a WGA nomination for its screenplay?!
Yes, as it turns out, somebody at the Writer’s Guild of America decided that the screenplay for Deadpool was one of the four best adaptations of the year. It’s in the running for the award for Best Adapted Screenplay alongside such heavy hitters as Arrival and Nocturnal Animals.
So what gives? Is everybody at the WGA stoned out of their skulls? Does Ryan Reynolds have dirt on someone powerful, or did they all just see the fake romcom movie posters and assume that this was reflective of the movie’s overall quality?
But it doesn’t end there—with this nomination, and a couple of Golden Globe nods, the odds are looking increasingly good that Deadpool might even receive recognition from the big kahuna of movie ceremonies, the Academy Awards.
We all knew that 2016 was a bit of a weird year for blockbusters, but apparently there was a dearth of decent Oscarbait as well.
But why Deadpool? Why not the arguably far more politically charged Captain America: Civil War? What is it about a swaggering Ryan Reynolds constantly pointing to his crotch that awards bodies feel is of unique recognition?
This movie, for better or worse, generated buzz in a way that most superhero movies simply don’t. It presented itself as a parody of comic book adaptations, and filled itself with in-jokes and references that were designed to poke fun at the conventions of Hollywood’s current most lucrative genre.
This is the reason why awards bodies are tripping over themselves in an effort to commend Deadpool for its important contribution to cinema.
These guys hate comic book films. Just look at Ridley Scott’s comments that we reported on yesterday—this attitude of seeing superhero movies as vacuous and frivolous, of taking attention away from more legitimate movies, is the prevailing opinion among auteur filmmakers.
Arrival gets a pass as “high art” for its complex story. Civil War talks politics, sure, but it’s still about two action figures smashing into each other.
In paying Deadpool some of the highest compliments that they can, film bodies are effectively saying, “Well done, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, for crafting a story about how stupid superhero movies are!”
Awards givers are taking an available opportunity to vent their frustration at the success of comic book films by showering praise onto a movie which makes light of their most common tropes and flaws.
This, of course, all works out very well for everyone involved with Deadpool.
By giving a nod and a wink to audiences, they’ve managed to create a movie that’s filled with every superhero cliché imaginable, and then get credit for using them all ironically.
Yes, that’s right—the Writer’s Guild of America loves Deadpool because it’s the movie equivalent of a Hipster.
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