“Deadpool” continues to perform better than anyone reasonably expected this awards season. Tim Miller, the director of 20th Century Fox’s Marvel Comics-based film, has been nominated for the Directors Guild of America’s DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Feature Film.
Miller’s fellow nominees in the category are Garth Davis, director of “Lion;” Kelly Fremon Craig, director of “The Edge of Seventeen;” Dan Trachtenberg, director of “10 Cloverfield Lane;” and Nate Parker, director of “The Birth of a Nation,” whose film release was marked by controversy after reports of rape charges brought against him in 1999, for which he was acquitted, surfaced.
For the DGA’s top award, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, the nominees are Davis, “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle, “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins, “Manchester by the Sea” director Kenneth Lonergan, and “Arrival” director Denis Villeneuve.
Miller made his name in Hollywood as a visual effects artist and the co-founder of visual effects and animation company Blur Studio. He was one of the major forces in getting “Deadpool,” which was long mired in various stages of development, produced, though he left the sequel last fall, with reports citing creative differences with star Ryan Reynolds. In November, “John Wick” co-director David Leitch was reported to be the new director on the sequel, expected in 2018.
In late October, it was announced that Tim Miller would executive produce a film based on Sega’s longtime mascot Sonic the Hedgehog.
It’s a rarity for comic book-based movies to get awards show attention, especially one as full of bawdy humor and gleeful violence as “Deadpool.” In December, “Deadpool” won both Best Comedy and Best Actor in a Comedy (Ryan Reynolds) at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards; it was nominated for two Golden Globes (Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and Ryan Reynolds for Best Actor – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical) but didn’t win. Earlier this week, it was announced that “Deadpool” was nominated Best Theatrical Motion Picture at the Producers Guild of America Awards.
Not only has “Deadpool” exceeded awards show expectations, it also surpassed box office projections for a film starring what was once thought of as a cult-favorite character unknown to the mainstream. The film, which opened in February 2016, grossed $783.1 million worldwide off of a reported $58 million production budget.
The DGA Awards will be announced on Feb. 4. On Jan. 24, nominees for the big show every awards season — the Academy Awards — will be announced, and given its track record thus far, don’t be shocked to see “Deadpool” get some Oscar recognition.
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