If you’ve been paying attention for the last few weeks, you’re well aware that the Ryan Reynolds-starring, R-rated superhero flick Deadpool is currently ruling the box office. But do you think that’s enough for the Merc with the Mouth? Oh hell no. Making hundreds of millions of dollars is just the beginning. Ryan Reynolds’ alter ego wants some awards hardware and has kicked off an Oscar campaign for the red-suited, foul-mouthed anti-hero.
Okay, admittedly some of the categories included in Ryan Reynolds’ Tweet aren’t actually competitive sections of the Oscars. At least I don’t think they hand out at a Best Love Scene award, and though a nomination is an impressive feat on its own, there are, at least to my knowledge, which in all honesty has some gaps, Participation Ribbons, but I could be wrong.
Fortunately for Ryan Reynolds and Deadpool, they have a lot of time to continue their campaign for Academy Award glory. Sure, the 2016 award ceremony is just around the corner, happening this weekend, but since Deadpool didn’t open until February, it doesn’t qualify until next year. Still, we’re pulling you, big guy.
So, though they’re not likely to walk away with any Oscars this year (though Deadpool is the kind of guy we could see crashing the party and swiping a few trophies, he’s not above such shenanigans) Ryan Reynolds and company will just have to cry themselves to sleep on the huge pile of money the film has made. The bloody, violent, sex-filled superhero joint won the last two weekends at the box office, and will likely do the same this weekend (unless more people see Gods of Egypt and Triple 9 than we expect).
Even if it doesn’t, at last count Deadpool has already taken in $497 million worldwide, and could become the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time internationally and domestically—though it does have quite a bit of ground to cover first. On U.S. shores, Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ whipped up religious fervor to the tune of $370 million, while The Matrix Reloaded topped $742 million on the global market.
Deadpool 2 is already in the works, with star Ryan Reynolds and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick slated to come back. There is no word right now on whether or not director Tim Miller will also return, but if the whole Deadpool band gets back together, it should make for another fun show.