It’s been hailed a masterclass in film-making with showstopping performances from its leading men.
And Oscar-nominated duo Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy led the way as The Revenant had its UK première at the Empire Theatre in Leicester Square, London, on Thursday night.
Fresh from scooping the Best Actor award at Sunday night’s Golden Globes, Leo, 41, was typically dapper in a knee-length overcoat, white shirt and patterned navy tie.
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Critically-acclaimed: Oscar-nominated duo Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy led the way as The Revenant had its European première at the Empire Theatre in Leicester Square, London, on Thursday night
Dream team: Leo and Tom lived up to their heartthrob statuses as they hit the red carpet fully suited and booted
Sporting well-manicured stubble and a slick parting, the star happily greeted hysterical fans as he made his way down the red carpet.
The acting icon signed autographs and shook hands with a plethora of female fans who were thrilled to be within touching distance of their idol.
Heartthrob Tom, 38, put on a stylish display in a sophisticated navy winter coat worn open over his grey Burberry suit and red tie.
Sartorially suave: Fresh from scooping the Best Actor award at Sunday night’s Golden Globes, Leo was typically dapper in a knee-length overcoat worn on top of a white shirt and patterned navy tie
A good year: Tom Hardy appears in two films nominated for Best Film at the 2016 Oscars
Meet and greet: Sporting well-manicured stubble and a slick parting, the star happily greeted hysterical fans as he made his way down the red carpet
Crowd pleaser: The acting icon signed autographs and shook hands with a plethora of female fans who were thrilled to be within touching distance of their idol
The Mad Max star looked to have visited the barbers for the occasion with his fresh, short back and sides ensuring he appeared his best.
Excitement filled the air as the two Hollywood heavyweights soaked up the atmosphere in the world famous square surrounded by hundreds of fans.
Like his co-star, Tom signed plenty of memorabilia and posed for selfies with a number of lucky film fans.
Suited and booted: The Mad Max star looked to have visited the barbers for the occasion with his fresh, short back and sides ensuring he appeared his best
Sign here: Like his co-star, Tom signed plenty of memorabilia for fans queued along the railings
Revelling in it: Tom was more than happy to mingle with his fans on his way into the theatre
It’s been a successful year for Hardy, who is up for his first Academy Award after being nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role as the villainous John Fitzgerald.
And two of the star’s films, The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road, are up for Best Picture.
Leo and Tom have previously appeared together in Christopher Nolan’s Inception, and are clearly firm friends.
They placed an arm around each other when they were photographed inside the theatre and a joke shared between the two left them recoiling with their hands over their mouths.
Caught on camera: A number of lucky fans managed to get a selfie with the Oscar-nominated star
Based on true events: Leo plays frontiersman Hugh Glass in the award-winning film
Visionary: Director Alejandro Inarritu was the picture of cool, rocking his long locks and a trendy mulit-coloured scarf
High praise: Domnhall Gleeson has called his co-star DiCaprio’s performance his ‘career best work’
The Revenant has scored 12 nominations for this year’s Oscars, with nods in the Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director categories.
In an interview with the Radio Times, DiCaprio’s co-star Domnhall Gleeson, 32, said he felt the actor’s performance in The Revenant was his ‘career best work’.
The Harry Potter actor said: ‘The effect of what he’s done I feel most palpably in the performance, not in how other people respond to it, just in how I responded to it. I think he’s already a phenomenal actor.
‘He got to a standard I wasn’t sure anybody was capable of, really, with what he did.’
On Thursday morning, Leo spoke to This Morning presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby about award season, the pair quizzed him on whether this would be the year he would finally win an Oscar.
He said: ‘I do know that it’s completely beyond my control at this point. It’s interesting, because that’s not why you do the work, you know?
‘You do the work because you love making movies and you want to look back and have a filmography that you’re proud of.
‘When you’re on set you have to give everything that you possibly can while you’re there but of course being recognised by your peers and all that other stuff that happens is kind of the cherry on the cake so to speak.
Box office: Films Leo have starred in have collectively grossed nearly 6 billion dollars worldwide
Grand arrival: Leo stepped out of his luxury silver motor to much fanfare as fans piled into Leicester Square to catch a glimpse of the actor
Giving it his all: The star has admitted there’s no more he could have done to improve his performance in The Revenant
What did you say? The pair shared a joke which left both covering their mouths in apparent shock
Casting call: Tom was in a playful mood as The Revenant cast posed side by side
Bright-eyed: Despite their hectic schedule both stars had plenty of energy for the UK premiere
Strike a pose: Maisie Williams teamed a sophisticated blazer with a pair of matching shorts and black heels
Handle with care: The Game of Thrones actress showed off her quirky bag by Kate Spade NY shaped like a red car
‘But all the work from me has been done, I’ve done everything I could possibly do, so it’s all up to you to decide whether it’s worthy of being seen or talked about or awarded.’
The film sees the esteemed actor play Hugh Glass, a taciturn, greasy-haired 1820s fur trapper left for dead in the wilderness by his own hunting team after being mauled by a bear that rips his throat.
In a fight for survival, Glass treks through snow-covered forests, gets swept away in a waterfall, sleeps inside the carcass of a disemboweled horse and hungrily eats raw bison liver before making it back to his camp.
Screen legend: John Hurt looked healthy as he attended the premiere with his wife Anwen Rees-Myers
Gleefully grinning: The twice Oscar-nominated actor wore a pair of circular specs with a black hat and dapper black overcoat
Speaking at the première, Tom Hardy revealed he had DiCaprio to thank for convincing him to take his role in The Revenant.
He said: ‘Leo gave me a call and Sean Penn had bailed and he was like, “When can we get you out here?” No, I’m joking, but he did give me a call and we spoke and he said there’s good money and the script is awesome.’
The Oscars were never far from the lips of the cast, especially whether it could be sixth time lucky for DiCaprio who picked up the best actor award at the Golden Globes on Sunday.
‘I feel very proud and happy for my colleagues. I think this could be Leo’s year to win, I hope so, I think he did a brilliant job,” said Inarritu, who was effusive about his lead.
‘His body of work shows how great he is as an actor. He’s also at the perfect age as an actor, he has all the talent, all the sensitivity. We saw the same opportunities playing this very silent role, without words and just using his body and his eyes to communicate so many things. He was great.’
The Mexican director, who specifically thanked the Native American cast of The Revenant as he picked up his Golden Globes, was also vocal about the controversy surrounding this year’s Academy Awards, with critics noting the lack of black actors up for the biggest awards, and the best-director category all male.
Pretty in pink: Noomi Rapace wowed in an eye-catching pink coat with a black trim
Colour co-ordinated: The star’s short black hair was worn in a tousled style and her flawlessly applied make-up included a slick of pink lipstick
‘I think it’s a shame there’s not more diversity on the screen because films are a mirror of humanity, we should be seeing ourselves there, all of us. Many more stories of minorities should be told and supported and financed,’ he said.
Hardy was more modest about his nomination.
‘I don’t know how it happened,’ he admitted.
DiCaprio has previously called it ‘the most difficult film’ he has ever done due to the freezing temperatures and having only one and a half hours a day of natural light to get their shots, but the cast said they were lucky to have his dulcet tones to keep morale up.
Hitmaker: Black Eyed Peas singer Taboo made an appearance for the film’s premiere
Boys will be boys: Paul Anderson, Lukas Haas and Stephen Graham were in high spirits as they joked around at the premiere
Will Poulter said: ‘Leo put in a shift when it came to cheering us up. He sang show tunes one day when it was pocketing it down. He had a great voice and knew all the lyrics too, which is critical. We became very reliant on each other’s company.’
The star-studded première proved to be a popular ticket.
Oscar-nominated Noomi Rapace wowed in a fitted pink coat with black trim. The eye-catching number was in keeping with her bubbly personality and was complemented by a pair of dangly pink earrings and black leather gloves.
The star’s short black hair was worn in a tousled style and her flawlessly applied make-up included a slick of pink lipstick.
Screen legend John Hurt looked full of health after declaring himself free of pancreatic cancer in October last year.
The 75-year-old arrived with his wife Anwen Rees-Myers on his arm and smiled heartily for the cameras.
Speaking at October’s Man Booker Prize ceremony in London, the Elephant Man star said: ‘I had a final scan and it’s all gone brilliantly.
‘I had the final scan yesterday [Monday] and I saw my oncologist this morning [Tuesday].
Classy: Scottish singer Tallia Storm dressed up for the occasion in a black dress with strappy heels and a chunky gold necklace
Blowing in the wind: Tallia’s long blonde locks fluttered in the breeze as she posed on the red carpet
Black velvet: Edith Bowman rocked the red carpet in a dark velvet suit with a burnt orange blouse
‘I am overjoyed, I am thrilled. It all looks great for the future, it’s fantastic.’
He added that he remains wary of using words such as ‘remission’ even ‘if it’s true’.
Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams braved the cold in a sophisticated blazer with matching shorts and a pair of black heels.
The 18-year-old star displayed a quirky handbag by Kate Spade NY, in the shape of a red car as she posed with her hand on her hips.
Plenty of interest: Leo answered questions from the media in chilly conditions
Global appeal: With awards season in full swing, Leo has been fulfilling his media duties