Oscar Buzz Begins….

-Originally Posted on Deadline.com

Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Eddie Redmayne Dines Out, Sly Stallone Trusts In Youth, And Leonardo Di Caprio Deserves The Medal Of Honor

A new weekly column talking up the season with bits and pieces from the awards circuit. 

20th Century Fox and New Regency took the veil off one of the season’s most anticipated movies,  reigning Oscar winner Alejandro G. Inarritu’s brutally beautiful  snowy western, The Revenant (Dec 25)  this week , with press and Academy members getting a first look at it the past three days. Initial reaction , predictably , has run from “masterpiece” to “I can’t handle it”, but reviews are embargoed until December 4th at 1pm (PT).  I imagine most critics will  go gaga over the bravura filmmaking which is undeniably impressive.  Without breaking the embargo for my own Deadline review let me just say the bear attack scene , near Pete Hammond badgethe beginning of the movie , is one for the ages as Leonardo DiCaprio and a Grizzly fight to the death. WOW! I thought the bear was real , but afterwards in the Academy lobby was returned to reality when an awards consultant for the film set me straight. ” Are you crazy?  If that bear was real we could have killed Leo,”  she said. ” Oh, so was it a guy in a bear suit , then?”  I asked.  “Nooooooo! It’s not a guy in a bear suit.  It’s CGI using an actor to do the movements like Andy Serkis does,”  she replied.   You could have fooled me. Movie magic.   I got several emailed reactions from Oscar voters who caught the movie.  One said “truly amazing filmmaking but so unrelentingly brutal and hard to watch. I’m not sure Leo deserveswatch-leonardo-dicaprio-get-mauled-by-a-bear-in-the-revenant-trailer-515173 an Oscar as much as he should be given  the Congressional Medal Of Honor for what he went through shooting the film. Wow, what a year. Brooklyn, Spotlight, and now The Revenant.  Talk about diversity!”


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