Superheroes seldom get big-awards love in the major categories. So it was a surprise for Fox's Deadpool to get two nods when the 2017 Golden Globe nominations were announced Monday.
The superhero hit received a nomination for best picture in the comedy or musical category, and star Ryan Reynolds was nominated for best comedy or musical actor.
Although superhero films tend to represent well in the effects categories at the Oscars, recognition in the biggest categories for live-action projects at the major awards shows is remarkably rare.
The most recent superhero film to be nominated in the Globes' comedy or musical category had been Pixar's animated The Incredibles for the 2005 awards (if you don't count the movie Birdman, the 2015 Globes nominee and Oscar best-picture winner that satirized superhero stars). But Deadpool can be considered the first true live-action superhero film to be nominated in this category.
Deadpool was a decade-long pet project for Reynolds, who on Sunday evening picked up the entertainer-of-the-year prize at the Critics' Choice Awards, hosted by Deadpool actor T.J. Miller. The Deadpool sequel is already in the works.
The Golden Globes ceremony will be January 8 on NBC.
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