Scenic Routes: For a genuinely terrified performance, try shooting real arrows at an actor

In Scenic Routes, Mike D’Angelo looks at key scenes, explaining how they work and what they mean.

In a few weeks, Leonardo DiCaprio will very likely win an Oscar for his performance in The Revenant. This result is just shy of a foregone conclusion not because DiCaprio’s turn as frontier trapper Hugh Glass is so undeniably great, but because (a) there is no truly “undeniable” Best Actor candidate this year, in terms of sheer merit, and (b) many people feel, not without some justification, that DiCaprio is due, having been repeatedly overlooked for excellent work in the past. (He’s only 41, but has been in the business so long—his first nomination was for 1993’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?—that the “always a bridesmaid” factor has kicked in early.) “It’s his time” doesn’t make for the most compelling Oscar narrative, though, so DiCaprio …

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