For what role did Leonardo DiCaprio receive his first Academy Award?
Hugh Glass, “The Revenant”
Hugh Glass (c. 1783 – 1833) was an American frontiersman, fur trapper and trader, hunter, and explorer. He is best known for his story of survival and retribution, after being left for dead by companions when he was mauled by a grizzly bear.
DiCaprio earned the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of storied frontiersman Hugh Glass in the 2015 historical drama The Revenant. Based on true events, the film follows Glass as he wanders the wilderness alone after what his travel companions believe to be a fatal bear attack.
With virtually no supplies and dozens of serious wounds, Glass navigates roughly 200 miles of stark forestland in search of the men who left him for dead. DiCaprio received much praise for his turn as the rugged mountain man, a role that required him to consume raw bison meat and sleep in animal carcasses. Sources: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Vanity Fair.