Oscars: A Closer Look at the Results That Were Overshadowed By the Chaos ... Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot #6: “Fell In Love With” Taraji P. Henson, “Turned Off” ’20th Century Women’ ... Oscars Primer: What You Need to Know Before Tonight’s Ceremony ... Brutally Honest Ballot #5: “Loved Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling Together,” “Gimme a Break” About ‘Arrival’ ... Oscars: Is There a Correlation Between Ceremony Runtime and TV Ratings? ... Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot #4: ‘Moonlight’ “Everything I Think An Oscar Picture Should Be,” ‘La La Land’ “A Piece of Shit” ... Publicists Awards: ‘Deadpool’ Hailed As Best PR Campaign, Nanci Ryder Gets Massive Ovation ... Oscars 2017: Isabelle Huppert Could Become the Third-Oldest Best Actress Winner Ever ...
Countdown to Oscars

Posts Tagged ‘Deadpool’

Friday February 24th, 2017

Publicists Awards: ‘Deadpool’ Hailed As Best PR Campaign, Nanci Ryder Gets Massive Ovation

Nanci Ryder and Renee Zellweger at the ICG Publicists Awards (Courtesy: Mathew Imaging/WireImage)

Nanci Ryder and Renee Zellweger at the ICG Publicists Awards (Courtesy: Mathew Imaging/WireImage)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

How did Deadpool, a subversive superhero movie made by Fox for just $58 million, gross an astounding $132 million on its opening weekend and, by the end of its theatrical run, $363 million domestically and $783 million worldwide, making it one of the biggest hits of 2016? One reason was publicity and, accordingly, its PR campaign, orchestrated by 20th Century Fox was hailed with Maxwell Weinberg Publicist Showmanship Motion Picture Award, recognizing it as the year’s best in the film arena at the International Cinematographer’s Guild’s 54th annual Publicists Awards luncheon. NBC’s This Is Us won the equivalent TV honor.

Read the rest of this entry…

Tuesday January 17th, 2017

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Ryan Reynolds (‘Deadpool’)

Ryan Reynolds (Courtesy: Getty Images)

Ryan Reynolds (Courtesy: Getty Images)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

“The movie is groundbreaking in a lot of ways,” asserts Ryan Reynolds of Deadpool, the blockbuster comic book adaptation released last February that he produced and stars in, as we sit down at the offices of The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of the Awards Chatter podcast. “It usurps certain tropes of the superhero genre that were well-ready to be usurped. And, again, timing, timing, timing, you know? We were kind of at peak superhero, in terms of tone, and it just offered something completely different in that respect. It also had just an unabashed commitment to its R rating. As I look back — and hindsight is obviously 20/20, but — it knew what it was, and I always knew what it was. I knew exactly how to play this guy [the irreverent title character], and I felt, in some weird way — not to sound too over the top or esoteric, but — like I was born to play this guy. I really understood him. And it just kind of popped.”

It sure did. After 11 years in development at multiple studios, the “labor of love” finally was made by Fox for just $58 million (a low budget for a movie of its genre) — and then grossed an astounding $132 million on its opening weekend and, by the end of its theatrical run, $363 million domestically and $783 million worldwide, making it one of the biggest hits of 2016. It also garnered rave reviews — it has an 84 percent favorable rating at RottenTomatoes.com. And now, against all odds, it has become a serious Oscar contender: Over the past month or so, Reynolds received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Critics’ Choice Award for Entertainer of the Year and a best actor (musical or comedy) Golden Globe nomination, while the film was recognized with a best picture (musical or comedy) Golden Globe nom, as well as PGA, WGA and DGA noms. Who knows what Jan. 24, the day of the Oscar nominations announcement, will bring?

(Click below to listen to this episode or here to access all of our 100+ episodes via iTunes. Past guests include Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Eddie Murphy, Lady Gaga, Robert De Niro, Amy Schumer, Will Smith, Jennifer LopezLouis C.K., Kristen Stewart, Harvey Weinstein, Sally Field, Jerry Seinfeld, Jane Fonda, Tyler Perry, Kate WinsletMichael Moore, Helen Mirren, J.J. Abrams, Taraji P. Henson, Warren Beatty, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Eisner, Brie Larson, Sting, Natalie Portman, RuPaul, Sheila Nevins, Justin Timberlake, Lily Collins, Jessica Chastain, Tracy Morgan, Alicia Vikander, James Corden, Lily Tomlin, Eddie Redmayne, Sarah Silverman, Michael Keaton, Charlotte Rampling, Vince Vaughn, Nicole Kidman and Denzel Washington.)

Read the rest of this entry…

Monday January 16th, 2017

Oscars 2017: Will ‘Deadpool’ Be the First Superhero Film Nominated For Best Picture?

'Deadpool' (Courtesy: 20th Century Fox)

‘Deadpool’ (Courtesy: 20th Century Fox)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

The Oscars have never recognized a comic book film in the best picture category — but that could very easily change this year with Deadpool. The Tim Miller-directed and Ryan Reynolds-led Marvel movie was promoted to perfection, sustained hype, wowed critics, made a ton of money, and has been gaining steam throughout the entire awards season. Now, with mere days until Oscar nominations are announced, let’s see if this foul-mouthed fellow can surprise everyone and become the first superhero film to ever be nominated for best picture.

Read the rest of this entry »

Thursday January 12th, 2017

DGA Nominations: ‘Lion’ Roars, ‘Birth of a Nation’ Reborn, ‘Deadpool’ Stays Alive

Garth Davis on the set of 'Lion' (Courtesy: Mark Rogers/ Long Way Home Productions)

Garth Davis on the set of ‘Lion’ (Courtesy: Mark Rogers/ Long Way Home Productions)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Lion roared. The Birth of a Nation was reborn. And Deadpool stayed alive. I’m referring, of course, to Thursday morning’s announcement, by the Directors Guild of America, of the nominees for the 69th edition of the DGA Awards.

Read the rest of this entry…

Tuesday January 10th, 2017

Producers Guild Nominations: ‘Deadpool’ Is In and ‘Sully’ Is Out — But Will the Academy Agree?

'Deadpool' (Courtesy: Photofest)

‘Deadpool’ (Courtesy: Photofest)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Everyone expected La La Land, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight to register with the Producers Guild of America, just as they have registered with virtually every other awards group, and when this morning the guild announced its nominees for its 28th annual Producers Guild of America Awards — specifically, its nominees for the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, which celebrates the producers of the year’s best film and also is known as “the PGA Award” — sure enough, they were there. (Fun fact: Matt Damon is a producer of Manchester and Brad Pitt is an executive producer of Moonlight, but only Damon received a PGA nom.)

Read the rest of this entry…

Wednesday January 4th, 2017

WGA Awards: How Did ‘Deadpool’ Get a Nomination and What Does It Mean For the Oscars?

'Deadpool' (Courtesy: Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

‘Deadpool’ (Courtesy: Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The Writers Guild of America on Wednesday announced the nominees for its annual WGA Awards. Most of the usual suspects were nominated — La La Land, Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, Hell or High Water and Loving, along with Arrival, Fences, Hidden Figures and Nocturnal Animals. But not all of them were nominated in the category in which you’d expect. And rather than competing against films like Hacksaw RidgeSilence, Lion or The Lobster, they instead found themselves in the company of the comic book adaptation Deadpool, about as much of a popcorn movie as one could imagine.

What, you may wonder, is going on here?

Read the rest of this entry…