Greg Kinnear received his first Oscar nomination for portraying Simon Bishop a homosexual artist in As Good As It Gets.
After being brutally beaten by thieves Bishop's life changes and he begins to have financial problems. Kinnear is very good here showing a good contrast as Bishop quickly changes before and after the beating. At first being pretty upbeat and enthusiastic for his life and his art, than afterward a far more depressed man. He has two strong scenes which show a very real pain one where he first looks at his face after his beating and secondly after his dog who he loves does not come when he calls.
He also has a good scene where he tells Udall to go easy on him, he does this very well showing the characters restrained anger and depression very well. After this is goes into the background a little bit but still is very good at showing the character's loss of depression well. His call to his distant parents is handled well showing a clear history without telling everything. He tries his best in two scenes that I do not feel are particularly well written. One the scene where he draws again, he does a good job showing interest and enthusiasm again even if the scene is poorly written. The other where he tells Udall he is a good guy after all. The scene I find is completely off in terms of writing but Kinnear is tries his best to help the bad scene along. A good performance throughout even in bad material although like Forster from this year never truly amazing.