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OSCAR NOMS: Alberta & BC-Filmed Revenge Tale THE REVENANT Draws 12 Nominations — Including 3 BC Filmmakers

Updated with third BC nominee and details of the bear attack filmed in Squamish and in studio.

Helmed by Oscar-winning Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu and lensed by Oscar-winning Birdman/Gravity cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant drew twelve nominations — more than any other film — at this morning’s Oscar nominations. The Alberta-and-BC-filmed feature is the true-ish story of an 1820s fur trapper Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) bent on revenge after a mercenary (Tom Hardy) kills his son and leaves him for dead following a bear attack.

Several BC crew (now sporting Revenant hoodies) worked on the production which filmed mainly in Alberta — on and off for a year from September 2014 to September 2015 — with a small shoot in the Squamish Valley in late 2014 marred by torrential rains.[ The Revenant’s  famous bear attack was done without any bears in a small area of first growth timber on the Squamish River known as the “Derringer Forest’ with Leonardo DiCaprio on a harness yanked around and smashing into prop rubber trees so he wouldn’t be hurt. The bear was added in post-production played by blue-screen stunt men.]

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Le Revenant stunt department rehearsed for months in Vancouver before going to the Squamish set. Local stunt men like Glenn Ennis (below) played the bear in post production.

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Cameron Waldbauer, special effects supervisor at Objects Inc. in Vancouver, is one of the nominees for the photo real/live action visual effects on the film.

Related: Rodeo FX’s VFX for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman.

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North Vancouver’s Hamish Purdy is the set decoration nominee.

And Vancouver’s Chris Duesterdiek of Surf City Sound Co., is one of the nominees for sound mixing on The Revenant.

The Nominations

Best Picture

Best Director

Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio

Best Cinematography

Best Supporting Actor Tom Hardy

Best Editing

Stephen Mirrione

Best Costume Design

Jacqueline West

Best Hair and Makeup
Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Best Production Design

Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy

Best Visual Effects

Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer

Best Sound Editing

Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender

Best Sound Mixing

Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek

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