Oscar front-runner The Revenant dramatizes the incredible, real-life tale of early-American fur trader Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his relentless will to survive after being left for dead following a brutal bear attack during the winter of 1823. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and based on the 2002 nonfiction book by Michael Punke, the harrowing story has proven to be a huge hit at the box office as well as a serious awards-season contender, earning 12 Oscar nominations, the most of the year. Whether or not The Revenant wins big at the Oscars on Feb. 28, it’s sure to inspire future movies about unbelievable outdoorsmen and women.
Over 18 years ago, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet stole our hearts as the ill-fated lovers Jack and Rose in the blockbuster Titanic . Unlike that tragic romance, their friendship has stood the test of time — so has our love for them. The two actors are both nominated for Oscars this year: he, for Best Actor for The Revenant , and she, for Best Supporting Actress for Steve Jobs . So while they’re hitting the awards circuit again, we wanted to take a look back at our favorite pals on the red carpet.
Could Sean Penn have missed out on a third Oscar? The 55-year-old actor (and El Chapo interviewer) was originally cast in the Tom Hardy role in the 12-time Oscar nominated American frontier epic The Revenant. Hardy revealed in a recent interview with Latin channel De Película that he got the role of ruthless fur trader John Fitzgerald only after Penn bowed out.
If The Revenant sparked your curiosity about the American frontier and Native American history, there’s much to think about in A World Unseen, a new documentary (watch it above) about the making of the 12-time Oscar nominee. More than a look into the bitter cold that filmmakers and actors endured — though it’s that, too — the 45-minute companion piece attempts to connect the dots on themes touched upon in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s lauded film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as frontiersman Hugh Glass. The doc weaves together an impression of how westward expansion during the fur trade decimated both natural resources and indigenous populations.
While the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is known for having some loose criteria when it comes to the Golden Globes categories — see Ricky Gervais (and Twitter) mercilessly mocking the inclusion of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi thriller The Martian in the Musical/Comedy category (where it won!) — the ceremony doesn’t typically provide many jaw-dropping results on the film side. While that film’s star, Leonardo DiCaprio, was expected to land a Globe, The Revenant’s wins over the movie most pundits considered the favorite, Spotlight, in the Best Picture and Best Director races were wholly unexpected.
Leonardo DiCaprio just won his third Golden Globe on Sunday night for his star turn in the grueling Western The Revenant. Since the 41-year actor has been in the public eye for well over two decades, we thought it would be the perfect time to look back on some of his best moments from the red carpet, from the teen heartthrob days of Romeo + Juliet to his long and fruitful collaboration with director Martin Scorsese. Click through to see more.