Critics' Choice Awards 2016: Deadpool wins best comedy
Ryan Reynolds is having a pretty good night.
Not only was the Merc with the Mouth named EW’s Entertainer of the Year, but the (very) R-rated Deadpool took home the award for Best Comedy at the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Deadpool’s win came after Reynolds also accepted the award for Best Actor in a Comedy, so producer Simon Kinberg accepted the trophy instead.
“For once, Ryan is not going to talk,” Kinberg said as Reynolds stood next to him. “But I will thank the one person you couldn’t thank, which is yourself. There is no Deadpool movie, character, universe without this guy. Thank you for creating him and bringing him to life.”
In all, Deadpool was nominated for four awards: Best Comedy, Best Action Movie, Best Actor in a Comedy (Reynolds), and Best Actor in an Action Movie (Reynolds again). The foul-mouthed superhero flick, which was directed by Tim Miller, became a box office smash when it hit theaters back in February, earning $363.1 million domestically and $782.6 million worldwide. Not only does that make Deadpool the most successful X-Men movie of all time, but it now stands as the second-biggest domestic R-rated movie ever.
“I knew this was going to speak to the very core of the Deadpool fan base, and I knew they would embrace it,” Reynolds told EW earlier this month. “I think it just landed at a fortunate time. We were right at ‘peak superhero,’ particularly in the sense that the superheroes were all intermittingly clencing their jaw muscles and brooding. Deadpool came along and sort of threw all that on its ass.”
Deadpool beat out Central Intelligence, Don’t Think Twice, The Edge of Seventeen, Hail, Caesar!, and The Nice Guys.