Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Best Supporting Actor 1993: Leonardo Dicaprio in What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Leonardo Dicaprio received his first Oscar nomination for playing Arnie Grape, Gilbert Grape's developmentally disabled brother in What's Eating Gilbert Grape.

Gilbert Grape is a some what interesting film although it does try to be a little too odd for its own good at times.

Leonardo Dicaprio plays the type of role which is usually described as baity, and it is the sort of role that one can easily fall over their face in like say Sean Penn in I Am Sam. Although this is a role which can easily just be a display of someone saying "I'm acting!" this is not true though in Dicaprio's case. Yes Dicaprio is doing a lot of vocal and physical mannerisms but they never ever come off as forced or unnatural. Dicaprio makes them as an actual part of Arnie, and they help fulfill the character rather than being just some sort of acting stunt.

Dicaprio never goes for the cutesy sort of way, which some actors do when playing a mentally handicap character. He makes his manner as the true nature of Arnie, and makes them as natural as possible. He sticks to his manner the whole film through, and never loses them unnaturally nor does he ever do them forcefully. He still allows emotion from his character, but emotion that correctly works with his mannerisms and voice.  He makes Arnie an interesting character and a very memorable one throughout the film. I'll admit that performance like these usually do not impress me that much, but Dicaprio really exceeds far beyond  many other performers who try similar characters.

5 comments:

Tom said...

I love this movie; remember seeing it in the theater before anyone heard of him and was really impressed. I think he'd be my pick for the Oscar.

dinasztie said...

I'm not very impressed by the kind of performances either, although I'm curious as I think DiCaprio is a great actor.

Fritz said...

I love this movie and I was shocked how great Leo was.

Sage Slowdive said...

It's funny I didn't like the movie at all :)

But, Leo was great! I think I would go with 4 1/2...

Tom said...

It's been a LONG time since Sage and I agreed. lol.