Can the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences please give Leonardo DiCaprio an Oscar already? It’s a notion that's being echoed by many after the first full-length trailer for his Christmas Day thriller, “The Revenant,” was released Tuesday. Though DiCaprio has been nominated for the coveted award four times, he has never won. The 2016 nominations have not been revealed -- and won’t be until mid-January -- but many DiCaprio fans want nothing more than to see the talented actor take home an Academy Award.
The riveting trailer shows that not even a bear attack or being buried alive can stop DiCaprio’s character, American explorer Hugh Glass. Though there isn’t much dialogue in the first full-length trailer for the Alejandro González Iñárritu-directed film, the words spoken are profound. "I ain't afraid to die anymore, I've done it already,” Glass says. The trailer gives an extended look at the troubled relationship between Glass and Tom Hardy’s character, John Fitzgerald, as he seeks vengeance and redemption.
The Internet Movie Database provides the following description for the film: “In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.”
Though DiCaprio, 40, has said in interviews he doesn’t expect to receive an Oscar for any of his roles, it would be hard to find anyone who does not think he is due. DiCaprio was first nominated, in the supporting actor category, for 1993's “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” He garnered best actor nods for “The Aviator,” “Blood Diamond” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Other fantastic movies that he arguably should have won for, but wasn’t even recognized for, include “The Departed,” “Inception,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “Revolutionary Road,” “Django Unchained” and “Gangs of New York.”
“The Revenant” will hit select theaters Dec. 25 and open nationwide Jan. 8. Check out the trailer below:
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