The Oscars are over — at least for this year — and for film fans, industry professionals, and those who couldn’t care less, it’s a bit of a relief. We’re done with the weeks of speculating about who will win, and we — along with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences — can look toward the future.
That’s especially true of the men and women who took home trophies during Sunday’s ceremony. While they’re likely still basking in the afterglow of being recognized by their peers, the reality is that even Oscar winners have careers to maintain. And though it seems a bit unfair, they’ll face increased scrutiny when it comes to their future film choices. After all, it’s not uncommon for someone to win an Oscar and then quickly fade into relative obscurity.
Will this year’s winners model Jennifer Lawrence’s career trajectory? Or will they go the way of Adrien Brody? Here are five of the most talked-about winners from the 88th Academy Awards, and what they’ll be working on next.
Best Actor Leonardo DiCaprio
The Internet didn’t break when Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar for Best Actor last Sunday — but it did erupt in a flurry of celebration (and memes). And now that he can add Academy Award winner to his long list of accomplishments, the 41-year-old actor, producer, and activist will likely be swamped with even more prospective projects than usual. But he’s already got a few films lined up that should keep him busy while he plots his next move. First, he’ll be working behind the scenes. His film company, Appian Way, is producing Ben Affleck’s latest film, an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s crime novel Live by Night (producer).
Then, he’ll take on his next starring role — and team up once more with frequent collaborator Martin Scorsese. The two are working together to bring Erik Larson’s nonfiction thriller, The Devil in the White City, to the screen, with DiCaprio slated to star as Chicago serial killer H.H. Holmes. There’s no word on when production will begin, but it’s safe to say that DiCaprio fans everywhere are eagerly awaiting the film’s opening day.
Best Actress Brie Larson
In less than a year, Brie Larson went from a little-known indie film and TV actress to one of the most talked about performers in Hollywood. And after finishing off a stellar run during award season with a coveted Best Actress Oscar, all eyes will be on her as she plots out the next phase of her now high-profile career. The 26-year-old has three projects in the works right now. First, we’ll see her as in the quirky musical comedy Basmati Blues with Scott Bakula and Donald Sutherland. She’s also recently completed work on the British crime drama Free Fire, which also stars Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer. And early next year, she’ll appear in the King Kong reboot Kong: Skull Island with Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson.
Best Supporting Actor Mark Rylance
For many viewers, it was one of the bigger surprises of Oscar night — British character actor Mark Rylance beat out the odds-on favorite Sylvester Stallone for Best Supporting Actor. But the 56-year-old Bridge of Spies star took the moment in stride — and has plenty of other things to focus on now that the ceremony buzz is dying down. Rylance, an accomplished Shakespearean actor who also earned praise for his work in last year’s Wolf Hall, has projects on the big screen and on stage. He’s currently starring in the critically acclaimed off-Broadway show Nice Fish. The play, which Rylance co-wrote with Louise Jenkins, runs in New York through March 27. Then he’ll have some big shoes to fill; he plays the titular character in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic The BFG, which hits theaters on July 1.
Best Supporting Actress Alicia Vikander
This Swedish actress stunned audiences last year with virtuoso performances in both Ex Machina and The Danish Girl. And the Academy rewarded her efforts in the latter film with a Best Supporting Actress trophy. But Alicia Vikander isn’t wasting any time in lining up her post-Oscar roles. In fact, she’s already earning early buzz for next year’s race for her work alongside Michael Fassbender in the drama The Light Between Oceans. Vikander will also in the period drama Tulip Fever with Dane DeHaan and Christoph Waltz. And this summer, we’ll see her on screen with fellow Oscar nominee Matt Damon in Jason Bourne.
Best Director Alejandro González Iñárritu
He made history last weekend by becoming the first Mexican director to win back-to-back Oscars. And after his grueling work on The Revenant, Alejandro González Iñárritu has earned the right to take a bit of a break. But though the 52-year-old filmmaker hasn’t chosen his next directing project yet, he’s been hard at work bringing The One Percent to television audiences. The 10-episode series, about a struggling farmer who wins the lottery, has been in pre-production since last year. And Iñárritu has committed to directing the series’ first two episodes. The One Percent will star Ed Helms, Ed Harris and Hilary Swank, and is slated to air on Starz.
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