If that’s not a good omen! „The Revenant“ bring Leonardo DiCaprio his first „Bafta“ Award. The Award of the British Film and Television Academy „Bafta“ is generally considered a trial run for the Oscars, which is the most important film prize of the world, awarded 02/28/2016 in Los Angeles. After his roles in „Titanic„, „The Great Gatsby“ or „Wolf of Wall Street“ Leonardo DiCaprio is hoping -again- for the Oscar as „Best Actor“.
Leonardo DiCaprio is playing in „The Revenant“ the roll of the legendary trapper Hugh Glass, who lived from 1783 till 1833 in the US. During his lifetime, Glass was a legend after surviving an attack by a grizzly bear, only armed with a knife. He was seriously injured by the attack and was found by his colleagues before he was left alone. Even though he was still alive. Without any weapons he walked six weeks through Fort Kiowa. A range of about 200 miles (about 320 km), which led him through the Rocky Mountains – through snow and ice. Glass died in 1833 in a fight against the Arikaree Indians.
The story was carried over the years and is now q American folklore. The author Michael Punke focused on this story in 2002 in his book „The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge“. This book is the foundation for the movie with Leonardo DiCaprio, which was directed by the Oscar winner Alejandro González Iñárritu.
A special feature of the movie version is the fact that the movie was really produced in the „wilderness“ and not as usual in a warm and comfortable studio in Hollywood. Even if the crew could sleep at a hotel, snow and storm were the daily companions for long hour shooting days. This pushed not only the teams to its limits, but also the equipment – frozen cameras are just an example.
Is the story of the trapper Hugh Class the breakthrough for DiCaprios first Oscar? He has been nominated for several times, but he never won a single one so far. „The Revenant“ can win an Oscar in a total of 12 categories, but this years competition is great again. Besides DiCaprio there are also nominated Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender, Eddie Redmayne and Bryan Cranston as best actors.
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