The Revenant is racking up awards on its way to the Academy Awards. The Leonardo DiCaprio-led film earned top honors at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards on Feb. 14. The BAFTA voters named The Revenant the best film of 2015 while DiCaprio earned best actor honors and Alejandro G. Inarritu nabbed the best director award.
These are just the latest in a line of awards bestowed on the film and its leading actor. The Titanic star's won a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor, so he may, finally be a shoo-in for the Best Actor Oscar. Based on the film's commrcial and critical success, Variety predicts that DiCaprio will win the Oscar for Best Actor, though the trade magazine doesn't think The Revenant will win Best Picture.
Could it really be DiCaprio's time to shine on the Oscars stage? Complex believes so, and listed the reasons why in a Jan. 15 post.
"In The Revenant, the vegetarian actor ate a bloody slab of bison liver," John Flynn writes. "His Hugh Glass guts, then sleeps naked inside a frozen horse cocoon. He dives into frozen rivers and rolls in the snow in rags. He embodies primal survival in the insta-classic grappling match with a CGI Grizzly that tears his vocal cords to ribbons—a 'wound he cauterizes with gunpowder."
It's no secret that DiCaprio is on a quest to earn his first Best Actor Oscar. Earning the BAFTA Award may be the final step he takes before finally getting the golden statue.