What a 'Deadpool' Best Picture Nomination Would Signal to Hollywood

The Merc with the Mouth could make history at Tuesday's Academy Awards announcement.
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'Deadpool'

Does the guy in red deserve to be nominated for a guy in gold? Well, I am a nerd, not an awards analyst, so I can't necessarily argue the finer points of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' process for dolling out the statues.

However, as said nerd, I can throw out there what message I think a Deadpool best picture nomination should send to Hollywood execs, who for far too long have played it safe with superhero films in an effort to not exclude the younger crowd — and, more importantly, their money. When Tuesday's nominations are announced, Deadpool could make history as the first superhero picture to be nominated in the category.

In a world full of sequels and prequels, soft reboots of hard reboots, Deadpool is a breath of fresh air, especially because it is ... (looks around real fast, then whispers) a superhero film.

Think of how hard it is to deliver something new that audiences have never seen before. We are now on our third big screen Spider-Man in Tom Holland and our fifth Batman in Ben Affleck. More than just starring a fresh character, Deadpool proved that you could have a hardcore superhero flick and that it would make money, too.

That is a biggie.

Seeing PG-13 horror movies and reboots of films that were once hard Rs getting their teeth removed so kids can buy tickets (I am looking at you, RoboCop) is just so played out.

Deadpool made money. Deadpool made a lot of money. And Deadpool was R, and not just R, but a hard R. (Reynolds, if you're reading this, I hope you giggled.)

But seriously, that is the point.

(Me, screaming toward The Hollywood Sign): It is OK to have superhero films for adults! It absolutely won't hurt the bottom line, and may even be a huge boost!

And should Deadpool be nominated for best picture, which, by the way, some actual awards experts say is a real possibility, then that does it. The bell will have been rung and finally execs and studios won't have to have that, "but what about the children?!" moment when a good mature project comes along. And they won't have to say, "There's no way this movie can get that awards prestige that we as a studio desperately want."

Almost as important as money is the prestige that comes along with the golden statue, especially when the project is unique (how cool is getting a nomination without anyone accusing a film of being "Oscar bait"?). And let's face it, it don't get more unique than Deadpool.

So yeah, it sure seems to us nerds here at Heat Vision like Deadpool achieved excellence in cinema. We will find out Tuesday if others agree.

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