Eye on the Oscars: Talent Race

Last year, Jessica Chastain was seemingly everywhere during awards season, promoting her work in “The Help,” “Tree of Life” and “Take Shelter.” She’s nowhere near as ubiquitous this season, but other thesps have filled the void.

John Goodman:
The former “Roseanne” star has memorable turns in “Argo,” “Flight” and “Trouble With the Curve,” also voicing a character in “ParaNorman.”

Scoot McNairy:
One of Variety’s actors to watch, McNairy plays a dim-witted robber in “Killing Them Softly,” Farsi-speaking embassy worker in “Argo” and a skeptical farmer in “Promised Land.”

Kyle Chandler:
Ex-“Friday Night Lights” star plays late White House chief of staff Hamilton Jordan in “Argo” and a CIA analyst in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty.”

John Hawkes:
Oscar nominated star of “Winter’s Bone” pulls of the potentially awkward role of a polio victim seeking his first sexual experience in “The Sessions” and Col. Robert Latham in “Lincoln.”

Amy Adams:
Three-time Oscar nominee plays sprightly Big City Lawyer in “Trouble With the Curve,” determined Woman Behind the Man in “The Master” and Earthy Backwoods Wife in “On the Road.”

Ben Whishaw:
Actor’s luxurious locks show up throughout “Cloud Atlas” and at key moments as programming whiz in “Skyfall.”

Eye on the Oscars: Talent Race
What’s their damage? Plenty | Thesps weigh reel-life choice | Great performances in genre movies | Minors show their pluck in grownup fare | Seniors grab center stage | Roles all over the map in this ‘Atlas’ | Repeat contenders

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