Leonardo DiCaprio grabs some gold for playing the legendary Hugh Glass.
The C&I crew would like to give a robust shout-out and extend hearty congratulations to our January 2016 cover guy Leonardo DiCaprio and director Alejandro G. Iñárritu for their victories Sunday evening at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards.
DiCaprio was named Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama, and Iñárritu was named Best Director for The Revenant, the brutally powerful and savagely beautiful drama that was voted Best Picture — Drama by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
DiCaprio — who’s now considered a major Oscar contender for his performance in The Revenant as legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass — had high praise for his director when questioned backstage by the press after his Golden Globe triumph.
“Alejandro is of the ilk of the great lovers of cinema,” DiCaprio. “That enthusiasm infused all of us. A lot of times, directors just want to get through the day. For me as an actor to be able to work with someone not only with that enthusiasm but with the commitment to make things as authentic as possible… I just needed to focus on what I needed to do because I knew everything had been thought of by him.
“I remember Jack Nicholson telling me about working with Stanley Kubrick. He told me ‘All I needed to do was concentrate on my job. He focused on everything else. That’s how I felt with Alejandro.”
The Golden Globes were bestowed on the same weekend that The Revenant – which opened in limited release on December 25 to qualify for year-end awards and Top 10 lists — expanded to wide release on more than 3,000 screens across North America, and grossed an estimated $38.2 million. The movie’s box-office prospects likely will get an additional boost when Academy Award nominations are announced Thursday.