First Nations 'The Revenant' actor says he 'choked up' at DiCaprio speech

TORONTO -- First Nations actor Duane Howard admits he "choked up" when "The Revenant" star Leonardo DiCaprio dedicated his Golden Globe trophy to indigenous communities around the world.

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Howard says he and his friends were watching in Vancouver when DiCaprio took the stage on Sunday to claim the best dramatic film actor award for his role in the 19th century survival epic.

DiCaprio shared the award with "all the First Nations people represented in this film and all the indigenous communities around the world."

Howard plays lead Arikara warrior Elk Dog in the drama, which was partly shot in Alberta and British Columbia and features dozens of local actors and crew members.

He calls DiCaprio's speech "really meaningful," and says he'd like to see more meticulous portrayals of indigenous culture come out of Hollywood.

"The Revenant" also earned Golden Globes for best dramatic film and for director Alejandro Inarritu.

DiCaprio plays fur trapper Hugh Glass, who is left for dead after being attacked by a bear. Desperate to survive, he braves icy waters and an unforgiving wilderness in search of the hunting team that left him behind.

"It is time we recognize your history and that we protect your indigenous lands from corporate interests and people that are out there to exploit them," DiCaprio said in his acceptance speech.

"It is time that we heard your voice and protected this planet for future generations."

Howard said Monday from Vancouver that he was moved by DiCaprio's words.

"That's really meaningful when a Hollywood celebrity like that reaches out to the world and acknowledges us First Nations people like that, that means something," he said.

"Hollywood's got to be more open to us, as First Nations people of this land.... More and more of these films have to come out."

The Canadian cast also includes child actor Isaiah Tootoosis from the Poundmaker First Nation, who plays Hugh's son, and Grace Dove, as Hugh's wife.

The film's visual effects supervisor was the B.C-based Cameron Waldbauer.



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