Ryan Reynolds isn't the only one who was bummed that "Deadpool" didn't earn any Oscar nominations. In addition to Jake Gyllenhaal, who recently made the case for why Reynolds should have earned a Best Actor nod, none other than Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel himself has also declared that the flick deserved some love from the Academy.
In an interview with Variety timed to his big hosting gig this coming weekend (not that Kimmel is putting any sort of pressure on himself or anything), the emcee said he thought "Deadpool" should have been among the nominees for the night's biggest honor.
"I would have liked to have seen 'Deadpool' get nominated," Kimmel told Variety. "I do think there's a certain type of movie that's not considered for awards. It's a shame, because there's nothing serious about the movies; they're an escape."
The host added that he thought the omission came down to two main issues: A certain type of film being perennially ignored, and voters taking their jobs a little bit too seriously.
"I think comedies are also underappreciated," Kimmel told the trade. "There's maybe too much gravity applied to the nomination process."
It's nothing new to see genre films go unrecognized by the Academy; after all, the inspiration to expand the Best Picture category from five to up to 10 features was directly inspired by the 2009 snub of "The Dark Knight." And the fact that films that earn accolades from audiences -- but not necessarily critics -- have been repeatedly underrepresented has many pundits annually proclaiming that the Oscars are irrelevant and out of touch.
This issue won't be resolved overnight, but when the host of the show is voicing similar opinions, perhaps the Academy will finally start to listen.
Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative who now works as a mercenary. His world comes crashing down when evil scientist Ajax (Ed Skrein) tortures, disfigures and transforms him into Deadpool. The rogue experiment leaves Deadpool with accelerated healing powers and a twisted sense of humor. With help from mutant allies Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Deadpool uses his new skills to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life. Read More