It’s Oscar time for Leo.
There’s simply no way that Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t going to win Best Actor for this gritty, gutsy and in some ways, profound film.
“The Revenant” is also a triumph for Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu who brought us “Birdman” and actor Tom Hardy. I must say that I’m getting tired of seeing Hardy play the villainous jerk, but once again, he does it to perfection here. Also, a great shout out for Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson who literally disappears in the roles that he plays.
This film is set the American West during the early 19th century. Without giving away the plot, it’s a film about survival amid the brutality of nature and human nature during the Wild West. Themes also touch on the plight of indigenous peoples, revenge, the love of a father and son, race relations, etc.
Kudos to Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki whose work in this film is simply breathtaking. How he and Inarritu were able to accomplish what they did amid the brutal elements is really impressive.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this film walked away with Best Picture as well. However, “Birdman” won last year, so I’m not sure if the academy would be willing to give Inarritu a second, consecutive such nod. We shall see.
Yet when we come down to it, this is really Leo’s film. It’s his star vehicle and he kills it. Everyone knows he is long overdue for an Oscar and this time he WILL win.