– by Drew Carlton

A few weeks ago we heard the news that Deadpool was nominated for the PGA (Producer’s Guild of America) award for best picture. This was important because it generally gives a good reference for what will be nominated for best picture at the Oscars. We all began to wonder if Deadpool could actually make the cut, making it the most prestigious comic adaptation in the history of film, or if, as one of our commenters posted, “Go home Deadpool, you’re drunk,” would occur.

One minute ago, as of my writing, the nominees were announced and the candidates for Best Picture for the 2017 89th Academy Awards are:

  • Arrival

  • Fences

  • Hacksaw Ridge

  • Hell or High Water

  • Hidden Figures

  • La La Land

  • Lion

  • Manchester by the Sea

  • Moonlight


You will notice that there are only nine candidates out of a possible total of ten nominations which had been increased from five after the outcry of The Dark Knight not getting nominated a few years back. There was one slot left, but it seems that the seriousness of the Oscars simply could not let the Merc With A Mouth slip in, even after Ryan Reynolds created a campaign video, and many fans rallied for it.

I was really pulling for this, simply to make the voter’s heads explode — but should it have even been considered? Probably not. The movie had a good story, it did the flashbacks well, and the ending rocked the house. However, there was no way it was going to get by all the “esteemed critics” to find a spot on the list. At least we got to live in a fantasy world for a few weeks that a comic movie may actually get a Best Picture nomination.

So what do you guys think? Should Deadpool have made it and did the movie get snubbed from that 10th spot? Have I been living in a magical land where comic movies would actually be considered?

Up next, the full Oscar nominees list and my picks!


Source: Oscars.org