Talent is a many-splendored thing

Screen shot 2012-11-18 at 11.25.28 PMScreen shot 2012-11-18 at 11.24.29 PMI’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.

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