Leonardo DiCaprio gives an outstanding performance as frontiersman Hugh Glass. Director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu gives an outstanding performance as director Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, The New World, The Tree of Life). This is an extremely mystical film. It poses philosophical questions about survival and revenge and what the need for revenge does to one's spirit. There's a bear attack scene that's one of the brutal and exciting scenes I saw in a 2015 film. How that was shot, I don't want to know. I lost myself in the movie-making magic of that sequence. There's a slight sexual overtone to that wild animal scene. There's a moment or two when you can't tell whether it's an attack or a first date that went quite well. A memorable movie scene.
The director also guided Michael Keaton to a Best Actor Oscar nomination for Birdman, a backstage look at a movie actor attempting a comeback in a Broadway drama. It took last year's Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture. The Revenant got 12 Oscar nominations including Best Director and Best Picture. Here's a trailer that's subtitled for foreign audiences.
And then, Ray, starring Jamie Foxx as blind singer/musician Ray Charles, opened. Foxx got nominated for the Best Actor Oscar opposite DiCaprio for The Aviator. Jamie took home the prize. On her post-Oscars Hollywood special edition the day after the awards, Oprah hugged Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and said into his ear "I knew you'd win."
I really hoped Leo was watching Judge Judy instead of Oprah that day. And I really hope he wins next month for The Revenant. DiCaprio deserves the Hollywood gold.