As conversation turns to Oscar snubs and surprises following Tuesday’s Academy Award announcements, Jake Gyllenhaal is declaring that Ryan Reynolds should have received an Oscar nod for his work in “Deadpool”.

During a Q&A following a screening of his latest film “Nocturnal Animals”, reports Entertainment Weekly, Gyllenhaal was asked if there was a performance that should have been recognized by the Academy but wasn’t.

“Ryan Reynolds in ‘Deadpool’,” Gyllenhaal stated. “We talk about brilliant performances all the time, you know, the actors who tear themselves apart for their roles, which I’m a believer in. But then I look at Ryan Reynolds in ‘Deadpool’ and I say, ‘No one can do that but him.’ That is truly, purely him. As an artist he struggled for several years to figure that out and it’s all there on the screen. And it’s brilliant.”

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Reynolds received accolades for his raunchy portrayal of the Marvel anti-hero superhero in the Tim Miller-directed movie, which earned a whopping $363 million despite its R rating.

“Sure it’s a comic book movie and it’s made a lot of money — but that doesn’t subtract from Ryan’s extraordinary work,” added Gyllenhaal. “Because it’s him. I mean, let’s ask ourselves: What else do we want from people who create? Something that is truly them.”

Gyllenhaal and Reynolds, EW points out, “are not strangers,” and will soon be seen co-starring in the sci-fi thriller “Life”, which hits theatres on Mar. 24.