Leonardo DiCaprio arrives at the 86th Academy Awards nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills
Best actor in a leading role nominee Leonardo DiCaprio arrives at the 86th Academy Awards nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills, California February 10, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Leonardo DiCaprio has been a critically-acclaimed actor throughout his career but never had the luck of bringing home the gold despite being nominated for four times at the Academy Awards. This time however, critics who have watched his latest film, “The Revenant,” say that the actor has a big chance to finally bag the Oscar.

Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan said that he is inclined to agree not only because DiCarpio gave his all to the role but also because he doesn’t have overwhelming competition this year. The film was shot in arduous sub-zero conditions and with DiCarpio hitting 40s, Oscar voters may finally give him the win.

The film is directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu who is also the director of last year’s Best Picture winner, “Birdman.”

DiCarpio plays the role of Hugh Glass, a fur trapper in a scouting expedition in Dakota who was left for dead by his comrades after he was brutally mauled by a bear.

In an interview with Variety, DiCaprio said that “The Revenant” was his most difficult film yet. He said, “It was the most difficult film, I think, that any of us has ever done.”

In the same interview, DiCaprio said that they rehearsed the scenes in a stage production for a long time because they only have about 90 minutes a day to capture the “the beautiful, illustrious Chivo light.”

Director Inarritu has said that most of the scenes took single takes because sometimes they would have to film in 30-below temperatures. The cold temperature was a big challenge especially him who is accustomed to the heat of a tropical country like Mexico.

“The Revenant” is based on a Michael Punke novel of the same title. Aside from DiCaprio, the film also stars Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and Domnhall Gleeson. The film is set for release on Jan 8, 2016.

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