OK, but What Is a 'Revenant'? The Meaning Behind Oscars 2016 Best Picture Nominee Title
The Academy Award for best director went to Alejandro Iñárritu for The Revenant on Sunday, but the win has many people wondering: What does "revenant" mean?
The literal definition, according to Dictionary.com, of the word "revenant" is "a person who returns, or a person who returns as a spirit after death; ghost." Derived from the French term revenir, the word literally means "to come back."
In the film, Leonardo DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass, "a frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s ... on a quest for survival after being brutally mauled by a bear," according to IMDb. The movie is loosely inspired by the real Hugh Glass, who was attacked by a bear during Gen. William Henry's 1823 exploration of the Dakotas, according to HistoryNet.
DiCaprio won best actor for his role as Glass, his first ever.