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 Jan. 8 on NBC.
Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.
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