Spoiler alert: Leonardo DiCaprio will likely be winning an Oscar next year for his role in The Revenant. The film—director Alejandro G. Inarritu's follow-up to Birdman, which got him three Oscars at this year's Academy Awards—is out on Christmas, and reviews are embargoed until Dec. 4, but the Hollywood Reporter's "awards analyst" offers an early look after a screening this week. The film is about a fur trapper who seeks revenge after he's attacked and left for dead, and it's so gory that a few people walked out mid-movie, writes Scott Feinberg. He notes that many of the early reactions are good, but not all—but that most agree DiCaprio "couldn't have done a better job and looks like the man to beat in the best actor race."
DiCaprio has received four acting nominations during his career, but has yet to win an Oscar. "His almost silent performance, with its incredible physical demands, is the sort Clint Eastwood might have given if he had DiCaprio's drive and discipline as a young man," Feinberg writes. And others agree: DiCaprio "gives his all" to a role that "successfully exterminates every last vestige of his teen-dream twinkdom," writes Kyle Buchanan at Vulture, and then there's the fact that "he doesn’t have overwhelming competition this year. (DiCaprio’s two strongest rivals may be former co-stars Matt Damon and Johnny Depp, neither of whom feel like a front-runner just yet.)" At Vanity Fair, Katey Rich is even more definitive: "This is going to be the year Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins that Oscar. ... For real this time."