“The Revenant”

As someone in the above featurette points out, director Alejandro G. Iñárritu is a genius. He’s uncompromising, has a true vision, and delivers moments and visuals that have not been seen by audiences. This being opposed to a director that delivers things that have been seen over and over again. Alejandro takes on feats that most directors would shy away from. It was said that he decided to shoot the scenes of “The Revenant” chronologically, which eventually put stress on those working with him and even put the film over-budget. But that is the sign of an artist that is unwilling to compromise his vision and I respect that. Not only does Alejandro choose locations that fit the story, but he also aims in delivering places that 100% fit the untouched nature of the film as well as delivering landscapes that no one has ever seen in film before and years from now I am sure that’s what we will remember about him.

Who’s his competition? Here’s what works against Alejandro in the Best Directing category; not only was he not winning any critics awards but it’s almost unheard of for a director to win back-to-back years in the category. Alejandro won for “Birdman” last year, so the chances of him winning again are slim. This has only happened twice before, first with John Ford in the ’40s (“The Grapes Of Wrath” and “How Green Was My Valley”) and then in the ’50s with Joseph Mankiewicz (“A Letter To Three Wives” and “All About Eve”). Of course, it can always happen again. Alejandro’s biggest competition is George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) because he cleaned up when it came to the critics awards. Many pundits feel he’s due and “Mad Max: Fury Road” almost shares just as many nominations with “The Revenant.” Alejandro’s chances were raised slightly when Ridley Scott (“The Martian”) didn’t receive a nomination as well as the fact that he won the Golden Globe for Best Director. With the Directors Guild Awards coming up on February 6th, we will have a much better idea who will take this category. As I’m hoping “The Revenant” can pull off  small upset and take it all, over “The Big Short” and “Spotlight,” I am also hoping Alejandro can make history in this category as well.

Previous nominations? Including his nomination this year for Best Picture for THE REVENANT, this is the seventh Academy Award nomination for Alejandro G. Iñárritu. He was previously nominated for:

    Winner, Directing
    Winner, Best Picture
    Winner, Writing (Original)
  • BABEL (2006)
    Nominee, Directing
  • BABEL (2006)
    Nominee, Best Picture

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// Produced by Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon //Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu //
// Dated Viewed: Sunday, January 17th, 2016 // LAEMMLE NOHO 7 //  37 films – 43 days //

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