The 88th Academy Awards, held in February, saw first-time winners in each of the four acting departments, four actors whose names henceforth will read as “Oscar winner…” No wonder we are curious now more than ever on the new projects that are lined up for them. These are the flicks where you’ll be seeing the current Oscar winners next…
Leonardo DiCaprio – Best Actor
We all exhaled in relief last month when one of the greatest actors of our time, Leonardo DiCaprio, finally won the Oscar for Best Actor for his incredible performance in The Revenant. You could now almost forgive him if he decided to join the Fast & Furious gang for a couple of years and drive fast cars. He might not do that, but he isn’t worrying about his next project either, or so it seems. DiCaprio isn’t on the sets of any movie yet, and he has not officially signed for any film yet. Last year it was reported that Paramount had bought rights to Erik Larson’s book The Devil in the White City – based on a true story of a serial killer in the 19th century – with the idea of having Martin Scorsese direct it and Leonardo DiCaprio star in it. That teaming up always sounds nice to the ears, but don’t hold your breath; we are still clueless as to where our Oscar winner is headed to next.
Brie Larson – Best Actress
She must not have been a household name like DiCaprio, but she has certainly caught everyone’s attention with the Oscar for Best Actress won for an amazing performance in Room. Unlike DiCaprio, Larson is already in the thick of things as far as movies are concerned. She has already completed shooting for two movies which are yet to announce a release date. In the musical Basmati Blues, she is playing the lead role of a scientist sent to India to sell the genetically modified rice she created; in the crime-drama movie Free Fire, she stars along side Armie Hammer and Cillian Murphy though her role might be truncated in a movie that has something to do with gang wars. She is currently filming Kong: Skull Island, the latest in the King Kong movies, all set to be the latest blonde attraction for the big beast. That movie though ain’t coming till 2017. Of more interest to her fans would be another project to which she has been tied-up, the adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ memoir The Glass Castle, which looks back at the New-York-based writer and journalist’s chaotic and impoverished childhood. That’s the kind of movie where Brie Larson could show her acting prowess again.
Mark Rylance – Best Supporting Actor
Mark Rylance had won all that was there to win for his stage performances, but a collaboration with Steven Spielberg got him accolades from Hollywood too. No wonder his next project will again be with Spielberg, where he will play the titular character in The BFG which is slated for a July 2016 release. BFG stands for ‘Big Friendly Giant’ in this adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book, and the only way Rylance can be made to look like a giant is through CGI. So you won’t be seeing Rylance as Rylance on the big screen, but he’ll no doubt be still there, making that giant as memorable as he made Rudolf Abel. Rylance is working with another fantastic director, Christopher Nolan, on the latter’s 2017 WWII based film Dunkirk. The cast so far also includes Tom Hardy and Kenneth Branagh, though little has been revealed of the movie as is typical of Nolan.
Alicia Vikander – Best Supporting Actress
Alicia Vikander, the youngest of the lot, seems to be eager to work on as many projects as she can handle. The romantic drama Tulip Fever would be releasing in 2016, the story of an artist who falls for a young married woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait during the tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam. Vikander will also be seen in July alongside Jason Bourne in the Paul Greengrass movie that brings back Matt Damon in his iconic role. And that’s not all. In September, she is part of the drama The Light Between Oceans along with Michael Fassbender. Then in 2017, you’ll see her with James McAvoy in the romance/thriller movie Submergence. Too much of Alicia Vikander cannot be a bad thing, right?
Alejandro González Iñárritu – Best Director
With back-to-back Oscar wins for Best Director, Alejandro G. Iñárritu is not gunning for a third win anytime soon. For the time being, he is shifting his sights to the world of television. His series, The One Percent, has a ten-episode season ordered by the cable network Starz. The series follows a farmer struggling to keep the family business afloat and has Ed Helms, Hilary Swank and Ed Harris as part of the cast. Iñárritu has written and produced the series and is also directing the first two episodes of the show. We do hope he gets back to movies pretty soon!