By Devan Coggan
Updated January 11, 2016 at 04:04 AM EST
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Alejandro González Iñárritu is taking home a Golden Globe for directing The Revenant.

Iñárritu was named Best Director at Sunday’s awards ceremony. The Revenant stars Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life 19th-century fur trapper Hugh Glass, who was attacked by a bear and left for dead.

In his acceptance speech, Iñárritu referenced the film’s notoriously grueling shoot. “But we all in this room know very well that pain is temporary, but a film is forever right?” Iñárritu said. “So who cares?”

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Earlier this year, when the production was still shooting after more than seven months, Iñárritu talked to EW about The Revenant’s difficult conditions and why he insisted on using only natural light in the actual wilderness. “The conditions, the weather, made the actors better,” Iñárritu told EW in August. “They were feeling the cold, and they were really into it. They were not acting, they were f–king miserable.”Alejandro González Iñárritu – Awards & Nominations | PrettyFamous

Iñárritu beat out Tom McCarthy for Spotlight, George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road, Ridley Scott for The Martian, and Todd Haynes for Carol.