Ryan Reynolds is actually waging a traditional Oscar campaign for ‘Deadpool’

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Ryan Reynolds will attend the Golden Globes on Sunday, and I’m really hoping Blake Lively is there, just because it feels like forever since she’s done an awards-show red carpet. Ryan is attending because he’s nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical for Deadpool. I didn’t realize until just now that Ryan is actually doing something of an Oscar campaign for the film too. At first, that sounds so stupid, but once I thought about it for a minute… I don’t hate it. I don’t hate the idea that Ryan is doing industry-media interviews and campaigning a little bit. I don’t even hate the idea that Deadpool would get nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Which is why Ryan covers the latest issue of Variety. He’s making the case for expanding the Deadpool franchise, and for recognizing good comic-book movies at the Oscars. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

Doing Deadpool after so many bombs & false starts: “I’ve navigated those choppy waters. When ‘Deadpool’ came along it was a great relief — it was a role I felt we could get right.”

Deadpool at the Oscars? Variety writes: Now, fans are saying that “Deadpool” should be given a golden ticket to the Oscars in February. Don’t roll your eyes: Seven years ago, the Academy expanded the best picture race to as many as 10 movies, in the hopes that comic-book tentpoles like “The Dark Knight” would be included. Instead, Oscar voters have loaded up the added slots with art-house titles like “Amour” and “Her.” If “Deadpool” crashes the Oscars, it will be a populist victory.

Whether Deadpool would have a boyfriend down the line: “What love is to Deadpool may not be what love is to Batman or someone else. I think that could be played up more. He’s an outsider in every way, shape, and form.”

Whether he would be worried about selling a Deadpool movie (where Deadpool had a boyfriend) in China: “That’s not really a problem for us, because we were banned in China. We were rated ‘F–k you!’ in China.” But judging by the illegal downloads, “Deadpool” was just as popular there as anywhere else. “We might have been the first billion-dollar R-rated movie.”

He struggles with anxiety: I have three older brothers. Our father was tough. He wasn’t easy on anyone. And he wasn’t easy on himself. I think the anxiety might have started there, trying 
to find ways to control others by trying to control myself. At the time, I never recognized that. I was just a twitchy kid.”

Mid-budget movies: “The movies I’ve done that worked financially were all mid-budget. I really feel comfortable in that space. You don’t have this gigantic overhead hanging over you.” He regrets that studios are turning away from such films. “The mid-size movie is vanishing. It’s not unlike the middle-class in this country — it’s having some issues.”

Why Deadpool struggled to get made: “Part of the reason ‘Deadpool’ wasn’t greenlit right away was certainly because of me. If Robert Downey Jr. was playing it — I don’t know how much greener a light you can get to make a movie.”

His fear of letting down fans: “Blake helped me through that. I’m lucky to have her around just to keep me sane.”

[From Variety]

What’s surprising is that Ryan is actually waging a pretty conventional Oscar campaign, it’s just that the campaign is flying under the radar because everyone underestimates him and Deadpool, which worked in his favor when he was promoting the film. But make no mistake: this is a traditional Oscar campaign, and Ryan is doing it properly. He comes across as humble and yet eager to promote other people’s work (Hugh Jackman is all over this Variety piece). Ryan talks about the struggle to make the film and his personal struggles with anxiety. There’s the mention of his photogenic wife and how she supports him. It all pretty pitch-perfect. Now I kind of hope Deadpool is nominated for Best Picture.

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  1. Sam says:

    I’m here for Deadpool getting a best picture nod just so I can see all the film snobs have a melt down on Twitter.

    They’re already freaking out because it got a Golden Globe nod and a WGA nod. Best picture is next.

    And honestly what he and Hugh Jackman say isn’t wrong. The exclusion of certain genres from the Academy awards is mind blowing to me especially when some of those films are far better than some of the Oscar bait crap that gets released.

    Lastly I can’t imagine being Blake Lively right before Deadpool was released. Ryan sounds like he was anxious mess and I believe he was. I’m happy he’s opening up about his anxiety but also thanking his wife for being by his side through it all.

    • DeniseMich says:

      UGH. I hated DeadPool.

      • OriginallyBlue says:

        I didn’t hate it, but it definitely wasn’t as great as I was expecting given all the ass kissing reviews it got from pretty much everyone. I don’t mind comic book movies and find them fairly entertaining, but I ended up pausing this one the see how much time was left because it wasn’t doing it for me.

      • Erinn says:

        I’m pretty much the opposite. I get really bored with the usual super hero flicks – I loved Deadpool. I felt horrified, disgusted, sad, and super amused during it. It got emotion from me. I find other super hero movies I’m kind of like “eh, it’s good I guess”. This one kept me interested.

      • milla says:

        Me too. I wanted to walk out but i was with my friend’s car so i played with the phone…

      • lucy2 says:

        I didn’t hate it, and I guess I could say I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t as amazing as I expected, based on reviews and comments I’d seen about it. Then again, I’m not really their target audience, and am pretty much over the superhero/comic book movie genre. I appreciated that it was very different and made a lot of fun of all that though.

      • sherry says:

        Our entire family loved Deadpool! My teenaged son has been a fan for a while, so we all went to see it when the movie came out. I thought Ryan did a fantastic job bringing this character to the big screen!

      • Shark Bait says:

        I didn’t like it. Ryan Reynolds comedic acting (not that his serious acting is superb) rubs me the wrong way. Something about his voice just irritates me and I couldn’t get down with Deadpool. It was funny, but Ryan just bugs me.

      • isabelle says:

        I did as well, it was try hard and Renolds, just didn’t feel him and rolled my eyes more than laughing.

    • Elisa the I. says:

      ITA.

    • Sixer says:

      I don’t even like comic book movies and I haven’t even seen Deadpool, but I’m all for an Oscar nomination or nominations. I love it when snobbishness gets a kicking.

      • vauvert says:

        Sixer, give it a try. I finally watched it over the holidays (I normally get dissapoined by over hyped movies and I thought the raunchy factor would be annoying) but… It was great. Watched it as a family – we’re pretty progressive parents and decided the teens end up seeing everything anyway, might as well do with our knowledge (I can hear pearl checkers breaking and spilling all over the floor right now…)
        We all enjoyed it despite the fact that normally gross and bloody don’t sit well with me. These moments were balanced by a wicked sense of humour and an unconventional anti-hero. Not like what we have seen before, with the brooding multi millionaire playboy Batman type, ugh….
        I am curious what you’ll think!

        Full disclosure – I love Ryan. I just watched Smokin’ Aces last night, which is in some way surprisingly a precursor of Deadpool, and he was awesome in that too. People keep thinking he makes flops but if you look at his movie history the guy works constantly, and he does everything from action to comedies to love stories. Maybe not the greatest Thespian out there but he is my quintessential Canadian guy: hardworking, persistent, humble. It would be a riot to watch him campaign for an Oscar for a blood-filled, gross out humor filled movie like Deadpool. Bring it on!

      • Sixer says:

        I’m so unaware I don’t even know what the vulgarity is even supposed to be! But odds on it wouldn’t bother me.

        I quite like the Marvel Netflix TV shows. They have better storytelling and it’s not ALL bangs and crashes, you know?

        But I’ll watch Deadpool when it comes to a TV near me, just for you!

      • SusanneToo says:

        Try it. I loved it just as much as my 14 yo grandson did.

      • vauvert says:

        Sixer, DP is on Canadian Netflix now – not sure about other countries… I’m curious what you’ll think of it:-)

    • Rino4 says:

      I’m here for deadpool too! Honks for Ryan

  2. astrid says:

    I enjoyed Deadpool. Be cool if a “regular” movie that people enjoyed be given an award instead of serious/art movies.

  3. Caitlin Bruce says:

    I’d love to see it nominated in some categories for sure it’s an excellent entertaining movie. I don’t want to see Ryan nominated for best actor though. I’ve just heard to many stories and a lot of fan stories about how incredibly rude and arrogant this man this. Which is such a shame as he has great screen presence (in comedies anyway). I hate the way he acts all high and mighty about his privacy then the brings out Blake and the kids when it’s needed (Ben Affleck strategy) which is funny given the rumours about Blake and Affleck during The Town filming. Some people even thought it was Jennifer Garner that leaked the naked pictures of Blake to the media as a result. And yeah Blake was still dating Penn Badgley at this point. God, it was a good time for gossip.

  4. Sam says:

    I was surprised how much i liked it. He did a great job.

    • QQ says:

      Me too Cause I Dont Ryan Reynolds or do superheroes, but that was definitely a fun watch for me

    • phlyfiremama says:

      I loved it. I am NOT a RR fan by any means, but this movie won me over~not in the “I want to DO him” way but just in a “I REALLY like him in this movie” kind of way.

  5. Felicia says:

    With all of the studios doing superhero comic book movies, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the film got a nomination. Can you not just see the glee at the thought that the next Iron Man could follow the same path? I can, easily!

  6. huh says:

    Deadpool should absolutely get nominated. I try to watch the movies that are nominated each year to know which ones to root for and some are so. dead. boring.

  7. LaraK says:

    I’m so over Oscar bait! Honestly 90% of those movies get such great reviews but are full of emo clichés. So freaking predictable!

    Even when the performances are great, it’s just not surprising or original. I mean how many ways can you ugly cry on camera?

    Deadpool was original and unexpected, and frankly Reynolds deserves a best actor nod, if not an outright win.

    • amanda says:

      ITA! I would much rather see Ryan Reynolds with the Oscar than Casey Affleck.

      • LaraK says:

        Ugh! I forgot Casey Affleck. He may be a good actor (and terrible person) but that role has been done a million times.

      • Shark Bait says:

        I got dragged to see Manchester by the Sea, and it really wasn’t the movie I expected from the trailers. Casey Affleck was really good in it. There is a lot more to the movie than “man dies and hapless uncle raises brooding teen.” Casey’s character is way more complex than I thought going in. It’s a sad movie.
        However Casey Affleck is a douche and shouldn’t have gotten the opportunity for such a great role anyway!

    • Timbuktu says:

      @LaraK
      I finally got around to watching “the Theory of Everything” and was sooo disappointed. To me, that was classic Oscar bait. “The imitation game” got a lot of flack for being predictable and ticking all the boxes for an Oscar nomination, but TTofE was hailed as much better, yet I found that it was the exact same caliber as TIG. I now wish Cumberbatch had won that. Eddie wasn’t better. Just as good, but not better.

      • lucy2 says:

        I ended up liking the Theory of Everything much more than I expected to, but I agree it was total Oscar bait. Plus, I don’t know why, but Eddie Redmayne bothers me. I think it has something to do with the Oscar bait aspect of many of his roles. I realize that’s silly and every actor must want those challenges, but it bugs me regardless.

    • Bridget says:

      He just played bloodthirsty Ryan Reynolds. I’m all for a change from the normal boring ‘Oscar fare’ that no one actually watches, but it’s not like he was a revelation here.

  8. Sunrise says:

    Thirsty.

    • Bex says:

      Yeah, this. It’s cool to see something not traditionally Oscar-bait in the conversation, but he’s already been given so many chances to succeed where others would’ve been written off after the first failure, and an actress doing this would probably be called things like ‘try hard’ or ‘thirsty’. He’s really not an underdog. But hey, I can’t hate the hustle, it’s his pride and joy, and I did enjoy the film!

  9. Heather H says:

    I would love to see Deadpool get nominated. I really enjoyed it, even watched it twice in the theater and I almost never go to the theater. The opening sequence is still one of the best and funniest I can recall. And this is coming from a 46yo woman. I will confess though I am a longtime Ryan fan since his days on Two Guys A Girl and a Pizza Place and have been rooting for him all along.

    I find every year I have maybe seen one movie nominated for best picture, I generally am not that interested in any of them, so this would be refreshing.

    • Erinn says:

      I loved it too. I also rarely go to the theatre, but I went for this. He had to fight hard to get this movie made, and made properly – it’d be nice to see him get a nod for that. Honestly – it’d be in the best interest for the Oscars – especially after last years mess. It would shake things up, and get people talking.

      I’m tired of the normal super hero movies. It’s always a case of ridiculously good looking, but somehow an outsider in some form struggles to handle the gift/curse of their powers, while a villain threatens the love interest and or the city. This movie was basically that too, but not in a serious way. It mocked the other movies, it mocked itself, it mocked Ryan, and it worked.

      Seeing him sitting on the bridge, scribbling on the bridge with his crayons, swinging his legs like a kid and listening to Shoop is just such a great visual. And the baby arm – the baby arm made me laugh so hard I started tearing up at one point.

      I like Ryan. I know a lot of people don’t seem to, but I find him interesting. He seems pretty normal, and he’s got a good sense of humor. His tweets about parenting always amuse me.

      • Sam says:

        Deadpool was great to me in so many ways. It wasn’t even the comedy for me. It was the character himself. Deadpool is a guy who gets diagnosed with late stage cancer and leaves the person he loves because he doesn’t want to watch her suffer while he suffers. As someone who’s significant other fought and battled cancer it really connected to me. The story wasn’t about saving the world or some BS. It was a personal thing for Deadpool that stemmed from the fact that he got taken advantage of because he wanted to get better for his girl friend.

        I was crying at one point and then laughing the next.

        I love Ryan and his passion for this film. I love the fact that he used this film as an opportunity to speak to people who have or know somebody who is suffering from a terminal illness. It was just great and in my opinion it deserves all the success it gets.

      • detritus says:

        I wonder if that’s what it is. I loved it.
        But I also had a parent going through treatment for cancer at the time, and I think it provides a bit of extra emotional resonance.
        I love that it was a success without the giant budget

      • SusanneToo says:

        I burst out laughing when he was choosing a costume and said NOT GREEN, knowing what a bomb Green Lantern was.

      • Lady D says:

        I thought his Lent scene was pretty funny also.

  10. Nancy says:

    I watched the film since it is in my husband’s genre of favorites. I didn’t dislike it, but it is a joke to even mention it as an Oscar contender.

    • Lee says:

      Agreed! Funny but not Oscar worthy imho.

    • Timbuktu says:

      Was about to post the same – good movie, but an Oscar? No. For many other things, perhaps, but not best actors and not best movie.

    • SusanneToo says:

      If you look at a list of Oscar nominated films over the last 87 years, there are a lot of WTH movies in there, so a nom for Deadpool wouldn’t be out of line.

  11. Ramona says:

    Meh. Its unusual comicbook film but otherwise does nothing new. We’ve seen plenty of anti heroes and fourth wall breaking in non comic movies before. Personally, I thought the film over did it with the fourth wall breaking like they found a gag and beat it to death. His performance was nothing special and frankly if he gets a nod, it will just be the academy trying to endear itself to the masses. A ratings gimmick.

    By the way, I’m still pissed that they paired him with Taraji for that HWR interview. Shes representing a biopic with three black female leads about the underrecognition of black women in science and his there for his comic book movie. The balls on Hollywood execs are only matched by their utter cluelessness.

  12. JulP says:

    I enjoyed Deadpool, and I am all for rewarding action/comedy films at the Oscars, but I don’t think Deadpool deserves a nom. I’d rather see something like Hunt for the Wilderpeople get recognized.

    Did anyone see the blind item about two actors who are attending the GG, and one of the actors is refusing to sit at the same table with the other because the actor slept with his wife? Everyone guessed the actor was Ryan Reynolds (I am assuming Leo D. is attending b/c he won last year …)

    • Lee says:

      I did! I also thought of Reynolds, and maybe Affleck or Di Caprio. But the blind says the two actors are both nominated for a GG and this year neither Ben or Leonardo are nominated, if I recall correctly.

    • lucy2 says:

      They usually group the tables by movie though, don’t they? Not by category?

      • TheOtherSam says:

        Yes by movie and sometimes by studio or production company, if the tables are large and there are more seats to fill. In the past, for example, at the Globes the Weinsteins would fill up a table or two with nominated talent from a couple of films that same year, everyone seated together.

      • Bridget says:

        LaLa Land would have enough nominations that they would have an entire table of their own. It would be odd for Reynolds to be sat with them in the first place.

  13. LaraK says:

    OK, based on some comments here, what makes a movie Oscar worthy? Does it have to be some tear jerker or some artsy director fantasy?

    Like, what would make an action movie Oscar-worthy? Or a Sci-fi movie? Or a Comedy?

    Oh, and Woody Allen movies don’t count as comedies. They are tragedies, every single one.

    • Sam says:

      I hate when folks use the term “Oscar Worthy.” Like what the heck is Oscar Worthy? Who defined that? It’s honestly all a matter of opinion but like I mentioned in my comment above it’s about time the Academy starts recognizing films outside of the typical Oscar bait crap that gets released.

      There are great comedies, action movies, horror movies etc that never get rewarded. In my opinion the biggest crime was The Dark Knight not getting a best picture nod. It’s probably because it was a comic book film and not deemed “Oscar Worthy.”

    • Timbuktu says:

      There is no concise and obvious answer to that question, but I do think that popularity should not be a major criterion for Oscar worthiness, or else Twilight would get the award.

  14. Lucy says:

    I am more than okay with this. And as I’ve said before, I’m glad that the movie with a barely-there budget about an annoying anti-hero comic figure did better than all the other superhero movies combined last year.

  15. Jess says:

    I agree with him and would love to see films like deadpool in the Oscar race. I had no idea he suffered with anxiety, and interesting what he said about having control, seems like we heard blind items or sources saying he was trying to control Scarlett and that’s why they divorced. Hmm, hopefully he learned to do better if that’s the case, I always side eyed his thing for younger women but Blake doesn’t seem like the type to take sh*t either so who knows.

  16. Brit says:

    I liked the movie. I just don’t like ryan

    • third ginger says:

      DEADPOOL [which I found amusing for about 45 min. but my daughter and my students loved ] got a WGA nomination for a clever screenplay. Fine. It was a funny spoof of superhero movies. I know this has been repeated a number of times, but the Academy Awards was never meant to reflect popular tastes. It’s an industry award. Over it’s many years, its significance has evolved because everyone knows about it. The Oscars are always going to frustrate many movie goers because the voters are not and were never meant to be representative. I know that over the years many of my favorite movies have not been nominated. My favorites this year, SING STREET [saw it on NETFLIX] and HELL OR A HIGH WATER [a chance for some nominations]. Going to see LA LA LAND today.

    • Shark Bait says:

      Haha that sounds like me. I liked the supporting cast and the script was funny, but Ryan Reynolds acting bugs me so much.

    • kennedy says:

      SAME. I typed my comment and then saw yours. Totally agree. I also have an irrational hatred of Blake Lively so the fact that they are coupled up makes it worse.

  17. Embee says:

    I absolutely love Deadpool! My new favorite. I’m a 38 year old woman and have tons of Deadpool things(slept in DP pajamas last night) and have seen it a million times. Luckily my boyfriend likes it too! I hope to see it win an Oscar. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a new movie I didn’t fall asleep during

  18. OSTONE says:

    Loved Deadpool! I would love for it to be nominated just for the meltdown of the interwebs.

  19. Ashley Nate says:

    There’s honestly better super hero movies that deserve an Oscar. The underrated ‘Watchmen’ for example

    • OriginallyBlue says:

      I love the Watchmen. It was on TV last night. I think that was the 4th time I’ve watched it. I do like that it is not a typical super hero movie. It is very dark, but well done.

      • Lady D says:

        I like Watchmen too. I also liked Sin City.

      • Ashley Nate says:

        I watch watchmen all the time. That movie is very anti hero, gritty and very dark. Different from the typical superhero movies I’ve seen. It’s more realistic too in the sense how ‘heroes’ would act if they existed, and not the unrealistic cheesy ‘goody’ heroes.

      • Ashley Nate says:

        @ originally blue, The other poster reply was for you. Celebitchy mixed it up lol

        @ Lady d, yes sin city was another great one that deserved an Oscar nod, but got snubbed.

    • Bridget says:

      I 100% disagree. Watchmen was terrible.

  20. Narak says:

    I resisted watching Deadpool until it was on Netflix and didn’t think I’d like it, but I loved it! I thought it was fast, funny and well written.

  21. Shark Bait says:

    Deadpool was very funny. I hope the script gets a nomination and even one for best picture. Ryan Reynolds just bugs me. Do you remember when he was in that Blade movie? That’s what his Deadpool reminds me of. I just found him irritating, but the script and some of the supporting actors saved it for me. There is something about the inflection of his voice when he is doing comedic acting. It’s the same in that movie Waiting and all his other comedies and it just bugs me. It made Deadpool just okay for me. I found it clever, though and I like whenever the Oscars get shook up a little.

  22. Rocío says:

    Those beautiful Barbies :)

  23. Bridget says:

    Since when is Ryan Reynolds playing superhero Ryan Reynolds worthy of Oscar recognition? The husband loves Deadpool so I’ve seen it a couple of times, and every time I see it I’m struck by how lightweight it is.

  24. Happy21 says:

    While I’m not opposed to the Oscar nominations Deadpool may get, I did feel, however, that in Deadpool he was just himself. He’s good at that sort of humor and does it often in his comedies. I don’t feel like his acting was over and above. It was just him. Kind of like when Jennifer Aniston is really just Rachel Green…ya know?

  25. Lightpurple says:

    If the voters in the tech categories think it deserving, then it will probably get a nomination. Best picture nominees usually pick up nods in the other categories like sound, editing, writing, production, effects. I found it clever and funny but some of the raunch just seemed to be there for the sake of being raunchy

  26. I Choose Me says:

    I love, love, loved Deadpool. Went in prepared to be meh about it and enjoyed it from beginning to end. I’d love for it to get an award if for nothing else than to break the status quo. Lastly, I’m her for Ryan and while I’ll forever side-eye Blake’s support of Woody Allen, I still have a soft spot for her.

  27. Erica_V says:

    Wait Dealpool is gay? Doesn’t he have a girlfriend in the movie?

  28. Loo says:

    Deadpool has no chance at a best picture nomination.

  29. Bee says:

    All this guy has got these days is Deadpool. So it’s not surprising he’s putting all his chips on it.

  30. Dj says:

    I loved Deadpool as did two other people who are in their 60′s. We laughed so hard esp. at the opening sequence. Yes. It was raunchy and offensive but it was also rated R. It was a different kind of ‘super hero” movie and I was grateful for that. But I root for Deadpool mostly because the studio made the movie but was not going to release it. Somehow a trailer for it got “leaked” on the internet and fans wanted to see it. The studio was kind of forced to release it and it was a huge hit. That is was I read and I hope that it is true. How great to embarrass the ignorant studio suits with a huge financial hit?!

  31. kennedy says:

    My dislike of Ryan Reynolds will never fade so while I enjoyed Deadpool for what is was, I do not want to see him nominated for anything other than a razzie. I seriously cannot stand his squirrel like face.

    Now… Just Friends on the other hand. I would take that movie to the Oscars.

  32. CM says:

    Woohoo, loved Deadpool! It would be awesome if it got nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, honestly Ryan should get a best actor nom too.

  33. CornyBlue says:

    I liked Deadpool they were very true to the source material. But if The Dark Knight or Winter Soldier have never been nominated, this definitely does not deserve to either. On its own without comparisons also it was not good enough to be Oscar nominated imo. But I see not good enough movies get nominated every year so eh.