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And the Nominees Are… The Revenant

Editors’ Note: In anticipation of the 88th Academy Awards on February 28, we present a series exploring the philosophical and theological elements in each of the eight films nominated for Best Picture. This post contains no spoilers. When faced with a masterpiece, one trembles with the anxious urge to say too much. Consider the predicament of the author of Genesis 1. In the midst not just of the poetry of creation but the emergence of poetics itself, how does one punctuate the calling into being of what does not exist? The commentary that the author puts on the lips of the Creator is the six-fold repetition of the judgment “good,” culminating at last in that comparatively robust verbosity: “very good.” Such is the extent of verbal commentary on the masterpiece of creation and indeed creativity itself. The Revenant is a masterpiece. Its creation depends upon the most fundamental elements: water and blood, wood and fire, sun and snow, day and night, breath and wind. There appears a ferocious ambivalence to the oscillations between serenity and savagery not only among these elements but also …