Does an Oscar lie in the future for Leonardo DiCaprio? Maybe. Maybe not.
Leo may get pretty lucky this season when he takes an Oscar home for his role in The Revenant. By the way, this will be his first ever Oscar. According to newyork.cbslocal.com, Leo got a Golden Globe for Best Actor.
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The film also won awards for its director and as a movie in its own right. Its director is well-known for another movie, Birdman. Leonardo’s speech at the Golden Globes proves one thing and that is that Leo is ready to take on the Oscars.
According to Bustle, it has been a strange year for films. Many that might have made it big simply bombed. The Steve Jobs biopic and Joy both went down the drain as far as creating any media hype was concerned.
The Revenant stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. While Leo grabbed the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, his lengthy speech showed that he was prepared for the big times that lay ahead. This is a man in pursuit of success.
DiCaprio even made a wisecrack about his antagonist in the movie Tom Hardy. He said that in real life Tom was not so cruel as to leave him to die from exposure to the harsh elements of Nature.
The film The Revenant is a brutal showcasing of the survival of the fittest. DiCaprio is left to his own devices in he movie as he battles a grizzly bear, seeks shelter in the disgusting innards of a dead horse and staves off marauding savage Indians who won’t let him rest in peace for a single second.
Leo is shown seeing the tragedy of his son being killed in cold blood before his very eyes. He faces an epic journey that leaves him at the end of his final resources as a human being. Yet he somehow survives. And that is a testament to the human spirit to rage and rage against the dying light.
DiCaprio showed true grit in the film. Tom Hardy got as much applause from DiCaprio as the villain in the story of triumph against the odds. The forces that have to be battled in the movie are vicious in their own right.
They include a fall from a cliff and wading through a freezing river. As the protagonist, DiCaprio seems to be the hero who wouldn’t die no matter what came up against him.
The sheer physicality portrayed in the movie is hard to watch much less experience on a personal basis. DiCaprio had grabbed two other Golden Globe Awards before this one, one for The Aviator and the other one for The Wolf of Wall Street.
According to Huffingtonpost, it is a strange coincidence that the actor has never yet won an Oscar. He came close with his Titanic and The Aviator. But as they say, close but no cigar.
There are many other A-list actors and actresses who have not yet received an Academy Award. But it seems The Revenant can earn Leo his first Oscar. The extreme and existential pain that he suffers in the film are the stuff of which dreams are made of.
The director of the film also made a few other movies such as 21 Grams and Babel. The Revenant is based on a real life story. Hugh Glass is the legendary figure that Leo plays in the film. Hugh suffered wounds to his back, neck and shoulders due to a grizzly bear attack.
A real grizzly bear was used in the movie. To see the scene of the struggle between Leo and the bear is truly scary and frightening to the extreme. The movie begins with an expedition in which Glass is tricked into being abandoned by Tom Hardy who plays the villain, John Fitzgerald.
The way Glass is shown literally holding on to life by a hairbreadth of difference from utter death is a breathtaking thing to see. The constant sense of danger and insecurity the movie inspires in the audience is something that is Oscar material alright.
The Revenant is an experience. And it exhausts one and almost gets on one’s nerves like the torture scene in 1984. Nature in the raw is shown and it grips you by the throat.
The director’s vision is a great one for having made such a wonderful film that almost feels like real life instead of reel life. Shooting the film was a harrowing task since most of the scenes took a lot of work to bring on to the celluloid reels.
Minimal CGI was used in the grizzly fight scene. By the time things were wrapped up, everyone was at their wits end. Yet it was a case of the patience having paid off.
Seldom has Hollywood been so realistic in its depiction of man against Nature. And Leo’s hard work will yield its reward in the end when he will (hopefully) get an Oscar when the Academy Awards roll around.