Just to give a bit of context to that 'actually' in the headline, the general rules goes at awards season is that if you've been nominated for a Producers Guild Award, you're almost certain to be nominated for Best Picture.
The figure often quoted is that 75% of nominees for a Producers Guild Award also pick up a nomination for Best Picture, so if you see a nomination for Deadpool on January 24th, do not be in the least be surprised. You can say to your friends and colleagues, "Pfft, knew that was going to happen - it got a Producers Guild Award," and then you can point them to this article right here.
Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds and Lauren Shuler Donner - who we interviewed last year, along with her husband Richard Donner - are now in line to receive one of the four major guild awards and, were they to win, it would almost be a certainty that they'd be nominated for Best Picture.
It's not completely unprecedented in modern Oscar history for a gross-out comedy of sorts like Deadpool to get a nomination, either. Paul Feig's Bridesmaids received a nomination for Best Original Screenplay back in 2012 and it had a scene where Melissa McCarthy takes a diarrhea dump in a bathroom sink, so there's that.
Of course, were Deadpool to receive an actual nomination for Best Picture, it would definitely be a shock. Ryan Reynolds even said if he was nominated for Best Actor for Deadpool, he'd create the most ridiculous reaction video on the face of the planet - which, frankly, we need to see regardless.
Here's the nominations in full for this year's PGAs:
Producers: Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, Aaron Ryder, David Linde
Producers: Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds, Lauren Shuler Donner
Producers: Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington, Todd Black
Producers: Bill Mechanic, David Permut
HELL OR HIGH WATER
Producers: Carla Hacken, Julie Yorn
Producers: Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin & Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams, Theodore Melfi
LA LA LAND
Producers: Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt
Producers: Emile Sherman & Iain Canning, Angie Fielder
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Producers: Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck, Kevin Walsh
Producers: Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner & Jeremy Kleiner