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Just like that, the 73rd Annual Golden Globes Awards have come to a close. As many of you surely know, it was an interesting night full of laughs, tears, and some truly great cinema. When the whole affair was said and done, Alejandro Iñárritu and Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Revenant walked away with three of the most important awards of the night: Best Director, Best Actor, Drama, and (perhaps most importantly) Best Picture, Drama. The accumulation of these three honors has led many to believe that The Revenant is now the official film to watch when the Oscars roll around later this year - which naturally begs only one question: is it?
The Revenant ultimately taking home the Best Picture trophy does make a great deal of sense. It’s a shining example of filmmakers going through hell to produce an incredibly unique film that’s stylish, engaging, and utterly raw. In his creation of the American frontier, Iñárritu proved himself capable of constructing a landscape that felt completely alien, yet utterly immersive. The film also provided a platform for Leonardo DiCaprio to reaffirm the idea that he is one of – if not the – most committed actors working in show business today, and represents his best shot at finally nabbing an Oscar for himself. From top to bottom The Revenant was – and always will be – a marvel of modern filmmaking, of that we have no doubts.
However, while we can heap endless amounts of praise upon The Revenant – and believe me when I say I would love to do nothing more – it’s also worth noting that doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed any victories from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Sure, making the film entailed a grueling and exhausting shoot for the cast and crew that stylishly showcased the brutality of the natural world – but then again so did Mad Max: Fury Road. As this year has already shown, the film landscape is as competitive and diverse as ever, with upsets occurring left and right. For example, Steve Jobs had pretty much fallen off everyone’s radar until it scooped up an unexpected two wins while audience favorite Spotlight unexpectedly walked away empty-handed. No one can know for sure how these awards ceremonies will go until the final name has been called by the presenters and the winners take the stage.
We still have a long way to go in awards season, and anything can happen. Now that the Golden Globes are in our rear view, this only makes the race for the Oscars even more interesting. The Revenant has staked its claim as one of the best films of the year, but we will see if it can manage to hold onto that title for long.