Why The Revenant Will Win the Best Picture Oscar (And Be One of the Worst Choices Ever) 

Yes, The Revenant was a fine film. The best? Not by a long shot.

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I predict the planet's newspapers will fill their front pages Monday, Feb. 29 with headlines praising The Revenant and how the film and its star, Leo DiCaprio, took home the top Oscars the night before. It's practically inevitable.

Pretty boy Leo's self-flagellation in the film—audiences are aghast at how ugly he is in this endurance test—checks off all the Oscar boxes. Lots of ugly makeup? Check. Near death? Check. Unending punishment? Check, check and check.

As for the film, The Revenant will back into a Best Picture prize by taking home other Oscars. The film is a prohibitive favorite to win Best Director, Cinematography and, of course, Best Actor. Of course, most Best Picture winners have at least two other wins.

It's a shame. In a year with so many top-notch, memorable films, members of the Motion Picture Academy would be well-served to give the Best Picture Oscar to The Big Short, The Martian, Spotlight or just about any other nominee. Yes, The Revenant was a fine film. The best? Not by a long shot. Which leads me to my second prediction: By, oh, let's say June, almost no one will recall what film won the Best Picture Oscar this year.

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