Reynolds makes a certain amount of sense as Entertainer of the Year, both for the comeback narrative and the sheer strength of Deadpool and its popularity. Sure, Deadpool is only the fifth-highest grossest film of the year, but the highest that has contained a legitimate movie star lead performance – the four ahead of it either was animated (Finding Dory, The Secret Life of Pets), or contained an ensemble cast (Captain America: Civil War, The Jungle Book).
Who could it have been besides Reynolds? Some fans may lament the passing-over of Beyonce, who gave us both the Lemonade short film and album of the same name this year. Lin-Manuel Miranda presided over the Hamilton juggernaut as it continued to crush Broadway records while spreading to music and a PBS documentary; Miranda also wrote well-regarded songs for Disney’s Moana. How about Kate McKinnon, for her SNL work and a series of wonderfully weird movie performances? Or an all-cast award, as EW has given out several times in the past, to Game of Thrones, or perhaps Stranger Things?