OSCARS 'THE REVENANT' DESERVES

  1. 9.
    Score
    Very minimalist score, but where typically the music helps amplify the audience's emotions, The Revenant's lack of score made us feel claustrophobic, trapped in this "godforsaken" landscape that is literally stuffed full of man'd greatest fears.
  2. 8.
    Costume design.
    The costumes may not have been flashy, but they were actually pretty detailed and, much like fur trappers would need, every garment has a purpose. Most obvious to keep warm.
  3. 7.
    Sound mixing.
    There were SO. MANY. sounds in this movie: gunshots; crunching footsteps in snow; horses trotting and galloping; sounds of nature like water droplets, wind, etc.; bones crunching; weapons piercing flesh; deadly animal attacks; fire; trees cracking; and so many more. Seriously, it is NOISY outside.
  4. 6.
    Adaptation.
    Because it was based partly on an account about the actual event, and while I haven't read it I could see where it followed the pattern of a book; there were three clear acts, etc.
  5. 5.
    Hair and makeup design.
    The hair in this looks terrible, like absolutely gosh awful, but it's consistent throughout scenes. Continued in next bullet...
  6. 4.
    Hair and MAKEUP design (cont.)
    The makeup design in this is unbelievable. Take Leo's face, especially his perfect lips-the thing I first fell in love with. They are blistered and puffy in places, and nonexistent in others. And his INJURIES. Holy smokes. They looked terrible, but so real. Horrifying!
  7. 3.
    Director.
    This movie couldn't have happened without the director's vision. Plain and simple.
  8. 2.
    Cinematography.
    This film was shot in such a gorgeous, unique way, and it deserves to be awarded for it. It was the very first thing I noticed.
  9. 1.
    Best Actor.
    WATCH THIS MOVIE AND THEN TRY TO TELL ME LEO DOESN'T DESERVE AN OSCAR FOR HIS PERFORMANCE. JUST TRY. I DARE YOU.