The Revenant is a American frontier survival and revenge film directed, co-produced, and co-written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. The screenplay by Iñárritu and Mark L. Smith is based in part on Michael Punke’s novel with thesame title, inspired by the experiences of frontiersman Hugh Glass in 1823, in what is now Montana and South Dakota. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Glass, and co-stars Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter.
The Revenant won three Golden Globe Awards, five BAFTA Awards, and at the 88th Academy Awards, Iñárritu, DiCaprio and Lubezki won the awards for Best Director, Best Actor and Best Cinematography. DiCaprio also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actor and the BAFTA Award for Best Leading Actor.
The musical score for The Revenant was composed by Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto and German electronic musician Alva Noto with additional music composed by The National’s Bryce Dessner. The main body of the score was recorded at the Seattlemusic Scoring Stage in the Bastyr Chapel in greater Seattle, Washington by musicians of the Northwest Sinfonia. Sakamoto conducted these sessions. Bryce Dessner’s portion of the score was performed by the 25-piece Berlin-based orchestra known as “s t a r g a z e” under conductor André de Ridder. Additional licensed music includes “Become Ocean”, the Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winning work of John Luther Adams as recorded by the Seattle Symphony with conductor Ludovic Morlot and an excerpt of “Jetsun Mila” from French musician and composer Eliane Radigue. A soundtrack album was released digitally on December 25, 2015, and on CD on January 8, 2016. Milan Records will release a vinyl pressing of the soundtrack in April 2016.
The score by Sakamoto was ruled ineligible for the Academy Award for Best Original Score at the 2016 Oscars as it was deemed that it was “assembled from the music of more than one composer”