As the Oscar season draws near, one inevitable question floats among movie-watchers everywhere: Will Leonardo DiCaprio finally win an Academy Award? With the release of The Revenant on January 8th, there is one thing for sure—
DiCaprio will bring home the gold.
Based off of a novel by Michael Punke and inspired by true events, Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is an experienced navigator who is a part of a fur trading expedition in the 1820’s. One morning, Glass is mauled by a bear and his team leaves him in the wilderness to die. Filled with the will to survive and revenge against Tom Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), his teammate, Glass must do whatever it takes to fight against the brutal forces of Mother Nature.
There are many factors that make this movie a masterpiece. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) directs the movie with a script that keeps you on your toes. The two-hour movie makes audiences hold their breath as the screen pans Hugh Glass’ strenuous journey to survive the cold, hunger, and the constant threat of indigenous tribes. One scene after another makes us scared but also curious about what happens next. The portrayal of DiCaprio’s ruggedness by the makeup artists Robert A Pandini, Sian Grigg and Duncan Jarman made the stitches and scars look real. The cinematography appears effortless as well. Although the movie does contain some movie editing cuts to scenes, the film mostly uses fluid transitions, giving viewers the feel as though they are there alongside Hugh Glass. Speaking of special effects, the bear attack was flawless. The CGI effects made the bear seem so realistic that it made the scene unbearable to watch with DiCaprio getting assaulted by a real bear.
But the most notable part of the whole movie was DiCaprio’s portrayal of Hugh Glass’ endurance to survive—both in the movie and in real life! According to an interview with WIRED, Leonardo states that it was “the most difficult film I’ve ever done.” The extreme weather patterns made the scenes difficult to shoot where the climate was too cold for cameras to function or too warm with no snow for two to three weeks. Leonardo states that the most difficult part of the movie was to “get in and out of frozen rivers [while wearing] elk skin on and a bear fur that weighed about 100 pounds when it got wet. And every day it was a challenge not to get hypothermia.” Other extremities that DiCaprio had to go through include eating real raw bison liver and stripping naked in cold weather.
The film is being recognized for its achievement of displaying human courage and perseverance. In fact, The Revenant is nominated for twelve Oscar nominations:
- Best Picture: Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon
- Best Sound Mixing: Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek
- Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Tom Hardy
- Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
- Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki
- Best Visual Effects: Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer
- Best Film Editing: Stephen Mirrione
- Best Production Design: Jack Fisk, Hamish Purdy
- Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Robert A Pandini, Sian Grigg and Duncan Jarman
- Best Costume Design: Jacqueline West
- Best Sound Editing: Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
And last but not least:
- Best Male Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio
DiCaprio, however, has a big competition ahead of him as he is up against Bryan Cranston for Trumbo, Matt Damon for The Martian, Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs, and last year’s Best Male Actor Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl.
Although the odds may seem against his favor, The Revenant was able to win 3 Golden Globes for Best Director, Best Motion Picture: Drama, and MOST IMPORTANTLY: BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA. To include, DiCaprio recently received his first Screen Actor’s Guild Award as Best Actor.
February 28th of 2016 will be the final Judgement Day.
“And the Oscar for the Best Male Actor goes to…”