Ryan Reynolds fought for over a decade to bring Deadpool to the big screen. His determination paid off when the movie went on to conquer the box office and become a huge hit with fans.
The actor earned both a Critics Choice Award and a Golden Globe nomination for his performance as the Marvel antihero.
But sadly Ryan’s Oscar campaign came to nothing – as he was shut out when the Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday.
Fellow Hollywood star Jake Gyllenhaal, who also missed out on an acting nod this year (for his work in Nocturnal Creatures), thinks Reynolds was snubbed.
Speaking at a Q&A after a screening of his own movie, Gyllenhaal said: “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.”
He added: “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. Because it’s him. I mean, let’s ask ourselves: What else do we want from people who create? Something that is truly them.”
Gyllenhaal and Reynolds will soon be seen together in the outer space drama Life, written by Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese.
Most likely to win Best Actor this year is Casey Affleck, who has steamrolled through all the Oscar precursors with his performance in the critical hit Manchester by the Sea.
The 89th annual Academy Awards take place Sunday, 26th February. Will you be watching?!
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