Leo's been but the butt of Oscar jokes for awhile now, and I think the Internet cared more about him not winning than Leo did himself. And he finally broke through with a win for The Revenant.
Whether you've seen the movie or not, you might find these 8 facts about The Revenant pretty cool:
- The film was shot strictly using natural light. Aside from the sun, light from fire was only used.
- The film was shot chronologically over nine months. This long production time was due to the cold weather, the remoteness of locations, and only shooting with natural light.
- Due to production being behind schedule, the snow melted in Canada before filming was completed. Production relocated to southern Argentina to finish.
- Actors were taught how to shoot muskets and throw axes, but DiCaprio had already been trained to throw an axe more than a decade ago for Gangs of New York.
- DiCaprio, a vegetarian, was given a fake liver to bite where he's eating a dead buffalo in a scene, but he requested the real thing instead and tried a cow's liver.
- DiCaprio was initially offered to star in Steve Jobs but agreed to sign on with The Revenant instead.
- Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu became the first director in 56 years to win consecutive Best Director Oscars (he won for Birdman in 2015 and The Revenant in 2016).
- Iñárritu watched footage of real bear attacks and used a combination of CGI and real elements to choreograph the bear attack scene.