I’m out of the office this week, but the awards circuit stops for no man. The Variety special section Eye on the Oscars: Talent Race has a septet of stories worth your perusal:
— Diane Garrett writes about the numerous damaged-goods characters in Oscar-contending films.
— John Anderson delves into the portrayal of real-life people brought to the screen.
— Geoff Berkshire highlights some great performances from genre films.
— Addie Morfoot checks in on the many talented youth performances this year, something I touched upon back in September at Toronto.
— At the opposite end of the spectrum, Garrett and Bob Verini showcase some great work by cinema’s elder statespeople.
— Finally, Garrett spotlights the multiple roleplaying in “Cloud Atlas” and the thesps who have award-worthy work in more than one 2012 film.