The Merc with a Mouth could make some noise come awards season.
On Wednesday, for its 69th annual DGA awards, the Directors Guild of America nominated Tim Miller and his Deadpool crew for “Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director for 2016”.
Previously nominated for an Academy Award for the short film Gopher Broke, Deadpool marks Miller’s first successful foray in directing live-action film.
This nomination will be Miller’s first time receiving this specific distinction from the DGA, and he’s in good company. Other films nominated include a slew of critical favorites: Garth Davis’ Lion, Kelly Fremon Craig’s The Edge of Seventeen, Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation, and Dan Trachtenberg’s 10 Cloverfield Lane.
Previously nominated by the Producers Guild of America for Best Picture, Deadpool looks to do what few other superhero films have been able to accomplish — be taken seriously come awards season. Besides being nominated for many technical categories, superhero films have been largely shut out of the Oscars ceremony.
After raking in over $783 million worldwide and earning a Golden Globe nomination for Ryan Reynolds’ turn as Wade Wilson, perhaps everyone’s favorite chatty anti-hero will change Academy voters minds and bring home some gold.