The Internet is going to need to create a new Leonardo DiCaprio meme. Because on Sunday, after 27 years in Hollywood, six nominations, one digested bison liver, countless interviews about said bison liver, and one graphic bear attack, the actor has finally won the best actor Oscar, for his performance in The Revenant.
His work, as a 19th-century frontiersman who must overcome devastating obstacles to survival, earned him a clean sweep of the major acting awards in the lead-up to the Oscars—including a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, and a BAFTA. To make the film, DiCaprio and The Revenant director Alejandro G. Iñárritu had to overcome their own fair share of real-life obstacles, including temperatures so cold that cameras froze during the making of the film, which was shot entirely in natural light, and a worldwide search for snow.
DiCaprio has said of the arduous process, “I think we all knew what we were signing up for. I had seen this script floating around the industry for some while, but logistically it was so hard to execute. And it took a very particular filmmaker. I felt it was going to be like going down the heart of darkness together. And so much of our experience, so many of the things that happened to us while we were there immersing ourselves in the wilderness like this, I think translated into the narrative of the story.” Read more