When it comes to big Hollywood awards, superhero movies tend to get overlooked. Sure, the Oscars often nominate big budget movies for technical awards, but rarely do they pop up for some of the more marquee categories. That doesn't mean the rest of Hollywood ignores one of the biggest box office earners around, though. The Writers Guild of America, for example, just nominated Deadpool for Best Adapted Screenplay.
The nomination came as quite the surprise, too. Not because the WGA has a history of ignoring superhero movies (recently, Guardians of the Galaxy got a nomination), but because there was no campaign from team Deadpool for the award. They didn't even send out screeners to the WGA's voting members for consideration (they did to Academy members, however).
This isn't all about Deadpool, though, it's just the only real surprise in the WGA's list. The rest of the nominees are as follows.
Hell or High Water, Written by Taylor Sheridan; CBS Films
La La Land, Written by Damien Chazelle; Lionsgate
Loving, Written by Jeff Nichols; Focus Features
Manchester by the Sea, Written by Kenneth Lonergan; Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions
Moonlight, Written by Barry Jenkins, Story by Tarell McCraney; A24
Arrival, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer; Based on the Story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang; Paramount Pictures
Deadpool, Written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick; Based on the X-Men Comic Books; Twentieth Century Fox Film
Fences, Screenplay by August Wilson; Based on his Play; Paramount Pictures
Hidden Figures, Screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi; Based on the Book by Margot Lee Shetterly; Twentieth Century Fox Film
Nocturnal Animals, Screenplay by Tom Ford; Based on the Novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright; Focus Features
Author: The JT LeRoy Story, Written by Jeff Feuerzeig; Amazon Studios
Command and Control, Telescript by Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser, Story by Brian Pearle and Kim Roberts; Based on the book Command and Control by Eric Schlosser; American Experience Films
Zero Days, Written by Alex Gibney; Magnolia Pictures