Clearly, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association loves Alejandro G. Iñárritu, and so it is that, in what may turn out to be a dry run for next month’s Oscars, the group has awarded 20th Century Fox’s brutal period thriller The Revenant with the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama.
The Revenant won big tonight, also picking up the best director globe for Gonzales Iñárritu, and the best actor Globe for star Leonard DiCaprio. This may be a sign of things to come for the film: last year, Gonzales Iñárritu’s Michael Keaton-starring Birdman was nominated for best director and best motion picture and picked up the best actor Globe before going on to win the Best Picture Oscar.
Accepting on behalf of the film, Gonzalez Iñárritu continued from his best director acceptance speech. “I forgot to say thanks,” he said, naming some people by name, and adding “to all the Native Americans who helped us make this film possible.” He thanked co-producers and the cast before telling the crowd at the Beverly Hilton “how proud I am to have survived this film with all these fellas.”
The Revenant opened big at the box office, making $38 million over the weekend despite only showing in 10 markets and reaching the No. 2 spot behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That’s Gonzales Iñárritu’s best opening ever, and the fourth best for DiCaprio and co-star Tom Hardy.
So far, the film has been nominated for best picture at the BAFTAs, the Critics’ Choice and several film critics groups.
Based in part on Michael Punke’s novel The Revenant: A Novel Of Revenge, the film fictionalizes the true story of frontiersman Hugh Glass who, in the 1820s, was mauled by a bear and abandoned by his companions, after which he set out to seek revenge against them. DiCaprio stars as Glass alongside Hardy and Domhnall Gleeson.
The Revenant had strong competition this year in the drama Globes category from the likes of Spotlight, Mad Max: Fury Road, Carol, Room.