Hugh Jackman, staring into the abyss of a potentially harrowing year of filming Dead Pool 3pleaded with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences not to give co-star Ryan Reynolds a Best Original Song nomination for the Fiery “Good Afternoon” track.
Late last year, “Good Afternoon” – from Reynold’s recent Christmas film starring Will Ferrell and Octavia Butler – was on the Academy’s shortlist for this year’s Best Original Song award (the actual nominations will not be announced until January 24). The news, however, only seemed to reach Jackman, who shared a video on social media expressing his concerns about this development (which are technically totally moot, but more on that in a second).
Jackman of course married his love for Fierythe stars of the film, “Good Afternoon” himself, and two of its songwriters Benji Pasek and Justin Paul (who wrote the music for the musical biopic featuring Jackman The greatest showman). But, he pointed out, “Ryan Reynolds getting a Best Song nomination would make the next year of my life unbearable.”
He continued, “I mean, I spent a year with him shooting Wolverine and Deadpool. Tell me, it would be impossible. That would be a problem. So just to recap, my love Fiery, love Will, love Octavia, love the song “Good Afternoon”, love Benj and Justin. But please, please, from the bottom of my heart, don’t validate Ryan Reynolds in this way. Please.”
Now, not for “well, actually” Hugh Jackman, let alone a silly, but still blatant Oscar campaign, but… Well, actually, even though “Good Afternoon” got an Oscar nomination for the best song, Reynolds would not be among the nominees. The award is only given to songwriters and not performers, and only Pasek, Paul, Khiyon Hursey, Mark Sonnenblick and Sukari Jones are credited on “Good Afternoon”.
At best, Reynolds would probably get the chance to perform “Good Afternoon” at the Oscars. Or, as he joked in response to Jackman’s video on Twitter“I think the deepfakes who sang and danced for Will and I would love to perform at the Oscars.”
So rest up, Hugh. You’ll probably be the only Oscar nominee headlining the Dead Pool 3 this year (unless there were a surprising number of Academy voters who adored Reynolds’ performances in The Adam Project or Fiery).