Building up quite a head of steam before this weeks’ Oscar nominations, “Deadpool” — despite plenty of love from the various industry guilds — walked away with nothing. Best Adapted Screenplay was likely the film’s best shot, with Best Picture a wildly distant outside chance, but it irked some to see one of the biggest hits of last year get no recognition, while both “Suicide Squad” and “Doctor Strange” managed nods (the Oscars are many things, but perfect isn’t one of them). But for Jake Gyllenhaal, the most egregious oversight was Ryan Reynolds‘ performance.

“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,” the actor enthused to EW.

“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,” he added.

It’s a passionate appraisal of Reynolds’ performance, and one we’re sure many fanboys will agree with. And both Gyllenhaal and Reynolds will bring their talents together in “Life” when it opens on March 24th.