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2. "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1994)
DiCaprio was 20 when he received his first Oscar nod for playing a mentally challenged small-town teen in Lasse Hallström's bittersweet comedy. It's the kind of nomination that can carry the whiff of novelty in other cases, though it was clear DiCaprio's was no temporary arrival -- amid the impressive technique involved in detailing Arnie's disability was ebullient personality and sly wit, betraying a genuine movie-star quality to rival that of co-star Johnny Depp. What could have been one of his most studied performances, therefore, remains among his most natural.