Jake Gyllenhaal Praises Deadpool, Says Oscars Snubbed Ryan Reynolds


After garnering a surprising amount of Oscar buzz thanks to its nominations at the Golden Globes and plenty of other awards shows, "Deadpool" was shut out of the nominations for this years Academy Awards. While star Ryan Reynolds accepted the shut out with grace, actor Jake Gyllenhaal has spoken up on his behalf.

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During a question and answer session following a recent screening of "Nocturnal Animals," Gyllenhaal spoke about what he considered to be an Oscar snub.

“Ryan Reynolds in 'Deadpool,'” Gyllenhaal said, as reported by Entertainment Weekly. “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. 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.”

Earlier this week, Reynolds reacted to "Deadpool's" shut out with this tweet:

Regularly scheduled tickle-fight at Camp #Deadpool is still on. Congrats to all the nominees for these brilliant films. #Oscars2017

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) January 24, 2017

Reynolds also thinks he's not the last comic book movie star to have a shot at an Academy Award nomination. While speaking with Variety earlier this month, Reynolds said he thinks the upcoming X-Men spinoff film "Logan" has a shot at Best Picture.

“‘Logan’ looks like a movie that might break that glass ceiling,” said Reynolds. “I know first-hand that it’s amazing. I’ve seen some of it. It’s mind-blowing. It relies a lot on character.”

Jackman paid Reynolds back by saying he thought Reynolds deserved a nod for "Deadpool." “When I hosted the Oscars, ‘Batman’ didn’t get nominated, and everyone was talking about it,” said Jackman. “It’s a stretch to say these are injustices in life — we are happy and making movies. But I love it when someone like Ryan gets recognized… These big-budget or comic book movies are not easy to pull off.”

Directed by Tim Miller and starring Reynolds, "Deadpool" is currently available on Blu-ray and digital HD.

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