Anne Thompson to Eric Kohn: “The Revenant feels like the kind of movie that represents the Academy the way they want to see themselves…a brave, extraordinarily risky art film…there’s something very pure about Inarritu…he always chases after the same holy grail, some kind of cinematic poetry…his lack of experience with a big budget made him make The Revenant like an indie film…the PGA didn’t give The Revenant [their Daryl F. Zanuck award] because it horrified them….horror and awe.”