DiCaprio contest winner!

Posted by · 8:29 am · December 13th, 2010

Thanks to everyone who submited a graph detailing a favorite Leonardo DiCaprio performance.  After poring through 60-plus entries, I settled on this one as, for me, the most convincing argument, courtesy of Peter Labuza:

For me, DiCaprio was best in Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed.” In a film that is constantly moving and full of energy, DiCaprio brings everything in his body to the internal. While many of the actors in the film rush their words to give the film a jolt, DiCaprio anchors the drama by slowing things down, processing each layer of his character and the façade he has to create. Like “Shutter Island,” DiCaprio’s character loses his mind, but we don’t need Scorsese’s swinging camera and haunted atmosphere to see it—it’s all there in DiCaprio’s face.

I also happen to agree with the choice.  So, drop me a line, Peter, and let’s get you your prize.

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  • 1 12-13-2010 at 8:35 am

    JJ1 said...

    Congrats, Peter Labuza. Very good argument.

  • 2 12-13-2010 at 8:44 am

    Maxim said...


  • 3 12-13-2010 at 9:12 am

    Eunice said...


  • 4 12-13-2010 at 10:27 am

    Fitz said...

    Sound take. It only makes me wonder why DiCaprio wasn’t nominated for The Departed instead of Blood Diamond.

  • 5 12-13-2010 at 10:33 am

    Mr. Gittes said...

    Congrats, Peter.

    I feel people are forgetting Leo in The Aviator. Watch the senate hearing scenes with Leo and Alan Alda.

  • 6 12-13-2010 at 10:42 am

    Nicolas Mancuso said...

    Fitz, I’m sure he was very close to a nomination for “The Departed”, but it was category confusion that did him in. For instance, he was nominated for lead at the Globes, for supporting at the SAGs… I believe it’s the studio’s fault for tampering with the campaign so as not to have him competing against himself. It backfired.

  • 7 12-13-2010 at 10:44 am

    Jim T said...

    I didn’t read all the comments but I read this one and I really loved it. Good choice, Kris.

  • 8 12-13-2010 at 11:59 am

    Marv said...

    Great choice! In a strange way; I still feel like DiCaprio at times doesn’t get the full credit he deserves. I don’t know if people take him for granted; beacuse as a former child Actor he’s been around for so long. Or if people think it comes easy for him; because of his good looks.

    Sometimes in the moment; greatness is not fully realize. I just thing that we become more appreciative of someone’s work when we take stock and look back at it; as they did with a young Brando.

  • 9 12-13-2010 at 1:13 pm

    Hero said...

    Really great answer! Makes me want to pop The Departed in tonight.

  • 10 12-13-2010 at 1:30 pm

    DylanS said...

    He was cast fine in “The Departed”, but it doesn’t hold a candle to his work in “Gilbert Grape”.

  • 11 12-13-2010 at 5:28 pm

    ninja said...

    @ Marv

    I think it`s Spielberg syndrome. They see him as someone who has everything – boxoffice, critical acclaim, beautiful women, success from early age, looks – so he can wait. Until of course, he makes a movie that AMPAS simply cannot overlook when it comes to voting for the winner. He needs his Schindler`s List. or something.

  • 12 12-13-2010 at 6:57 pm

    Marv said...

    @ ninja

    “He needs his Schindler’s List.” Good point ninja. That’s what I was getting at.

  • 13 12-13-2010 at 7:00 pm

    Hero said...

    So, I did watch The Departed tonight with Peter Labuza’s post in mind. It really is interesting to watch DiCaprio as a coiled spring while the rest of of the world goes on so frantically about him. Amazing performance.

  • 14 12-14-2010 at 3:59 pm

    Jane said...

    @ Marv and @ Ninja

    I agree with both of you but it’s too bad that he has to “wait.” I just hope he gets rewarded for his work someday.