"The Revenant" cast and crew celebrate the movie's 12 Oscar nominations. At the London premiere on Thursday, Leonardo DiCaprio was the toast of his costars. However, movies should be a "mirror of humanity", and the absence of non-white actors among this year's Acting nominees is therefore regrettable.
The pioneer-era drama, about a man who is left for dead by his expedition companions after being mauled by a bear, will compete in a variety of categories, including Best Film, Best Director for Alejandro Inarritu, Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, and Best Supporting Actor for Tom Hardy.
For DiCaprio, who plays the lead role of Hugh Glass, a fur trapper, this is his fifth acting Oscar nomination, though he spends much of the film not talking at all.
"Very excited, very exciting. You know each time you go make these movies, you give everything you possibly can. All you hope is that it takes up, certainly this movie took up almost a year of my life, for Alejandro it was three or four years of his life, so to be recognized like this it does feel great, especially when you put so much into something," DiCaprio said.
DiCaprio also gave a shoutout to Tom Hardy and Kate Winslet, for their Oscar nominations. Inarritu called DiCaprio's performance "an amazing job". Co-star Domhnall Gleeson was also thrilled.
"I don't think anybody could possibly say he doesn't deserve it. It's not how I decide on what are the great performances in film - the Oscars are a privilege and they're an extra thing on top," Gleeson said.
"Work itself is what survives, and I think what Leo did above all is leave something brilliant on that film - you know, on celluloid. I'm proud to be opposite him in that film because I think it's an extraordinary performance."
And Will Poulter, who play's Glass' young apprentice Bridger, chimed in too. If DiCaprio wins next month, it will be his first Academy Award. Hardy said he learned of his own nomination during a shoot earlier in the day.
Soon after Thursday's Academy Awards list was revealed, criticism of the lack of actors of colour among the nominations emerged, with last year's hashtag #OscarsSoWhite revived.
Asked about the lack of diversity, Inarritu said: "I agree, I think that there has to be there (on) the screen much more stories that represent all of us. When you go to the cinema, you wish you see yourself in the mirror. It's a mirror of humanity, and if we all are not there, there's something wrong."
The 88th Academy Awards will take place on February the 28th at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
- Editor:Justine | Source: Agencies
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