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3. Can Iñárritu bag an Oscar two years in a row? Doubtful, but he’ll certainly be in contention. Probably best to keep Sean Penn away from the podium, just in case.
4. The last director to win two successive Oscars was Joseph L. Mankiewicz (A Letter to Three Wives  and All About Eve ). John Ford also won for The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and How Green Was My Valley (1941).
5. Iñárritu certainly doesn’t make things easy for himself. After choosing to shoot Birdman using a brilliant one-shot device, the director’s self-imposed handicap on The Revenant was the decision to shoot the film in sequence.
6. Broadsheet prognosis: Needs more jazz drumming.
Release Date: January15, 2016
(Mark blogs about film, TV and other stuff at WhyBother.ie)