The glamour and applause of this year’s Oscars has died down by now. Great work has been recognised by the Academy, but it is time to march on forward. The interest around the upcoming films of the recent Oscar winners will be quite high, and understandably so. But on which movie posters would you see their names again? Time to find out.
Eddie Redmayne (Best Actor)
After a highly acclaimed performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, the scrutiny of Eddie Redmayne’s upcoming films would be over-exuberant. He has already been seen on the big screen this year, fortunately by only a few, in the disappointing Jupiter Ascending, though this movie was released before Redmayne became an Oscar winner. We will get to hear Redmayne in the UK animated film Thomas & Friends: Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure which is slated for a September 2015 release. The real excitement though would be on Redmayne’s next live action film titled The Danish Girl which is a biopic of Danish artist Einar Wegener who was one of the first recipients of sex reassignment surgery. The movie is being directed by Oscar winning British director Tom Hooper. It is another brave and challenging role which Redmayne is taking up as an actor (have a look at the first image here), which already seems to be worth another Oscar shout. We will have to wait a bit though to catch Redmayne on the big screen again as The Danish Girl is going to be released sometime in 2016.
Julianne Moore (Best Actress)
The veteran actress Julianne Moore has a lot on her plate right now. She has already been seen in the theatres this year, but it is best not to talk about Seventh Son. She will reprise her role as Alma Coin, the leader of the rebel group, in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 which is the finale of the series and thus one of the most anticipated films of the year. The movie has a November 2015 release date, when the revolution will reach its conclusion, and wherein Julian Moore’s character will certainly have a big role to play. Julian Moore will also be starring in a biopic later this year titled Freeheld in which she plays the police officer Laurel Hester who battled for her pension benefits to be transferred to her female partner after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. The movie has some other big names too like Steve Carell and Ellen Page. Julianne Moore has also recently started filming on Maggie’s Plan alongside Ethan Hawke which is a comedy about a young woman played by Greta Gerwig who is trying to make it on her own in New York. So a mix of lead and supporting roles for Julianne Moore as her post-Oscar career takes off rapidly.
J.K. Simmons (Best Supporting Actor)
J.K. Simmons has a lot happening for him in the TV world, but we will stick to his movie endeavors. He usually gets picked for character roles with limited screen time in movies, though that could change after Whiplash, and that explains the list of movies he has lined up for 2015. He is part of the big cast of Terminator Genisys, though his character has not been revealed yet. He will then be seen in the romantic-drama World’s Apart and the comedy Still Punching the Clown, though how central would Simmons be in these movies we will only be able to gauge from the promos. The movie which seems most interesting as of now is The Accountant which is being directed by Gavin O’Connor (Miracle and Warrior) and stars Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick. It is a drama flick about “a forensic accountant who un-cooks the books for illicit clients” and J.K. Simmons is said to be playing the head of a financial crimes enforcement group. The movie would be out in 2016. J.K. Simmons will also be part of 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, and though he is certainly in the thick of things, I am hoping there would be bigger and better roles written for him after his phenomenal performance in Whiplash.
Patricia Arquette (Best Supporting Actress)
Much of Patricia Arquette’s time would be taken by the on-going TV series CSI: Cyber, but after seeing her in Boyhood, many movie fans would be wishing too see her on the big screen a bit more often. Her next film, the crime-drama The Wannabe, based around the mob culture, is already in post-production work. She has been recently announced to be part of Woman on a Train though not much is known about the movie and its release would also most likely be in 2016. Will this Oscar win encourage Patricia Arquette to be more prolific in movies, that is what we still wait to learn on.
Alejandro González Iñárritu (Best Director)
The last two films of Alejandro González Iñárritu, Biutiful and Birdman, had a four-year gap between them. But that is not going to be the case for his next directorial venture. The date of December 25, 2015 has already been set for The Revenant which is an adventure of a frontiersman who, in the 1820s, set out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling. The movie will star two big names of the industry, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. The Christmas release date for the movie will be a limited release which would put it in the running for the Oscars, and this would be followed with a wide release in early January. The interest around this movie is surely going to grow after Iñárritu’s exploits in this year’s Oscars where he bagged three awards.
So some exciting movies to follow from our most recent set of Oscar winners. The buzz and excitement around them will be high for a while, so let’s hope they live up to the expectations!