January 27, 2017


Ryan Reynolds' 'Deadpool' Deserved an Oscar Nomination, Jake Gyllenhaal Says

Matt Winkelmeyer
Matt Winkelmeyer

Deadpool fans were bewildered when the Marvel movie starring Ryan Reynolds didn't received an Oscar nomination—despite Suicide Squad managing to score one somehow, albeit for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Jake Gyllenhaal isn't too happy about it either, as he revealed his fellow actor and friend Reynolds deserved a nod.

After a recent screening of Nocturnal Animals, Gyllenhaal shared his thoughts on what he considers an Oscar snub to be. But rather than discuss his role in the Tom Ford-directed film, the actor decided to give the shine to the "brilliant" Deadpool.

Gyllenhaal said (via Entertainment Weekly):

“Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool. We talk about brilliant performances all the time, you know, the actors who tear themselves apart for their roles, which I’m a believer in. But then I look at Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool and I say, ‘No one can do that but him.’ That is truly, purely him. As an artist he struggled for several years to figure that out and it’s all there on the screen. And it’s brilliant."

“Sure it’s a comic book movie and it’s made a lot of money—but that doesn’t subtract from Ryan’s extraordinary work," he continued. "Because it’s him. I mean, let’s ask ourselves: What else do we want from people who create? Something that is truly them.”

Reynolds released his For Your Consideration video for the Academy Awards earlier this month, where he talked up Deadpool's accomplishments including "seven magical unicorns," "42 rejection letters from Fox," "four pairs of assless chaps" and "117 script pages."

While the movie didn't get any love from the Academy, at least we have a sequel to look forward to? Try to take your mind off the awards show by watching Deadpool's Stefan Kapicic describe voicing Colossus below: