Mexican-born filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu won last year for Birdman, and continued his Oscar winning streak with “The Revenant,” this year.
However, his acceptance speech was not all celebrations and jokes as he went on to close his monologue with a call for equality. While Iñárritu said he was very lucky to be at the Oscars, he highlighted how many others “haven’t had the same luck.”
“There is a line in the film that [Glass says] to his mixed-race son, ‘They don’t listen to you, they just see the color of your skin,’” he continued. “So what a great opportunity to our generation to really liberate ourselves from all prejudice and, you know, this tribal thinking, and make sure for once and forever that the color of the skin become as irrelevant as the length of our hair.”
The Revenant’ s cast and crew had a particularly tough time filming the movie since they were using only natural light that appeared at a specific part of the day. Some tense moments took place due to the shortage of time, but the actors have stated it was a worthwhile sacrifice.
All’s well that ends well, as 2016 seems to be the year for “The Revenant.”