After five nominations over the years, and appearing in countless amazing films, Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his first Oscar! In his speech, he thanked the director, Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, actor Tom Hardy, and countless others who worked together to bring us one of the best films of 2015. Not without mentioning the fact that Leo is a great guy overall, he gave us viewers and audiences a call to action, to take careful consideration of the planet in which we live in and never take its gifts and resources for granted, for we must use them to survive just as Hugh Glass did. I remember writing my first post for Moviepilot back in January, which was dedicated to his stellar performance in The Revenant. It was definitely one of the best films I have ever seen and the entire cast did a phenomenal job! Being a huge fan of his work, I am extremely happy to know that he finally won an Academy Award and starred in one of the greatest films ever made!
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Hugh Glass, a real life frontiersman and fur trapper in the 1800s who is part of The Rocky Mountain Fur Company on an expedition across the northern wilderness of the U.S.. Following a severe grizzly bear mauling, he is left in the care of John Fitzgerald and Jim Bridger. Soon after, Fitzgerald kills Glass' son, Hawk, and convinces Bridger to leave with him. Left for dead, Hugh Glass manages to regain his strength and crawls and stumbles his way across the cold, dangerous, plains during winter time. His adventurous trek is motivated by revenge, anger, and hope. He wants to survive and find his way back home, but also wants to kill the man who murdered his son.
Glass has visions of his deceased wife throughout his journey, and finds out that there can be no true hope without first witnessing failure. Glass isn't ready to die out in the world that raised him, he decides to use the world to his advantage. Swimming down streams, making fires, eating raw meat, and fighting many Native Americans that stand in his way, he is able to find his way back to Fort Kiowa. There, he learns that Fitzgerald is missing, but catches up to him and kills him, ultimately reaching his goal and getting the vengeance he deserved.
Leo gives us a really top notch performance as he immerses us in Hugh Glass' true story of survival and redemption. The film features beautiful cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki, that adds an almost documentary-feel to the film. Everything Glass does, we are there with him, every step taken towards revenge was a step closer to Leo getting his Oscar! His presence, mannerisms, tone, and facial expressions highlight his pure dedication to the role- a role that will go down in history as one of the best of his career. He will continue to portray iconic characters in incredibly stunning films, and I am sure this is just the first of many Oscars to come! Great job Leo, great job!