So we are done with this year’s Oscars. The stars have walked on the red carpet and then walked away from it. The awards have been given, a lot of good work has been applauded, tears have been shed, and jokes have been shared. But as any wise man would say, you cannot rest on your laurels. So the Oscar winners are back to doing what they do best, working on creating the next spectacular movie. Staying close to their heels, we take a look as to where these Oscar winners are headed to next and when can we see their names across the movie posters again.
Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor)
While many need multiple nominations before they are able to finally bag the golden statuette, McConaughey’s outstanding performance in Dallas Buyers Club got him this award with his first nomination itself (look the other way Leo!). Next up, he is headed to space. No kidding. McConaughey stars in the lead role in Christopher Nolan’s much awaited space voyage film Interstellar which narrates the story of a group of explorers that make use of a newly discovered wormhole to conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. The movie has an “all-star” cast to boast of, and will now also come into the spotlight as the next movie of the Oscar winner McConaughey. It is releasing in November 2014, so still a while to go. What next then for McConaughey is not known but considering his recent body of work, here is a serious actor whose future movies should be looked forward to.
Cate Blanchett (Best Actress)
She’s won the Oscar twice already, and has had three more nominations too. And it would be fair to say that there is still a lot more to come from her. Cate Blanchett seems not to be too choosy on the films she’s picking up. There is a whole list of them lined up, in all sorts of genres. She’s already been seen this year in another immaculate performance in the war film The Monuments Men. She’ll be heard next in June’s animated film How to Train Your Dragon 2 where she’ll be the voice behind a new character Valka. Then as the year draws to a close, she’ll be seen (probably for the last time) as the gorgeous Lady Galadriel in The Hobbit: There And Back Again. We aren’t done yet. A role in Terence Malick’s Knight of Cups and another in the thriller Blackbird are part of Cate Blanchett’s upcoming movies. No release dates have been announced for these, so expect them anytime either this year or the next. Then the fantasy film Cinderella, releasing in March 2015, will see a negative side of Blanchett who will play the Wicked Stepmother. Blanchett will also reunite with Todd Haynes, whom she worked with in I’m Not There, for the romantic drama film built around the 1950s titled Carol which is also likely to have a 2015 release. Phew! That is a lot of Blanchett-time on the big screen to enjoy.
Jared Leto (Best Supporting Actor)
This famous musician returned to the world of movies after a four year hiatus giving a stellar performance in Dallas Buyers Club. No wonder many would be excited to know which projects he has lined up next. Well, the answer is simple… none. There are no movies with Leto as part of the cast for now, though surely he would have had scripts sent to him quite regularly. Quite selective about his roles as well as a blossoming career as a musician, Jared Leto’s next movie project is a mystery, one to watch out for to unravel.
Lupita Nyong’o (Best Supporting Actress)
Born in Mexico to Kenyan parents and educated in the USA, Lupita Nyong’o had not even turned 21 when she won an Oscar for her very first role in a full-length feature film. It could very well be the first chapter of a lengthy biography. Her next feature film was the recently released Non-Stop though her role was hardly memorable. An Oscar winner now, movie scripts offering her more substantial roles should be making their way. But just like Leto, this young actress too is yet to decide on her next movie role.
Alfonso Cuarón (Best Director)
Before directing the multi-Oscar winning Gravity, Cuarón’s last feature film had been 2006’s Children of Men. That is one long break! Will his next feature film be releasing in 2020? We hope not. Cuarón is already working on his next script which is a drama film titled for now A Boy and His Shoe. The plot has been outlined as “the stories of a French girl who moves to Scotland with her family and two troubled Scottish boys who end up crossing paths in surprising and touching ways.” There is nothing much known beyond this, but it could very well be Cuarón’s next directorial movie as well. Cuarón is also dabbling in the television world now, and has co-created the science fiction/fantasy/adventure series Believe which is set to air soon. The pilot episode has been directed by Alfonso Cuarón himself.
So these Oscar winners are set for different journeys, some laden with work, others yet to decide. While being an Oscar winner is undoubtedly a moment of pride, and a sense of achievement should rightly flow through them, each one of them would continue to be judged on their future works as well. And it is easy to lose sense of direction and fade away, with an Oscar win being the last memory that lingered in the public’s mind. As Matthew McConaughey said in his acceptance speech, let your hero be yourself ten years from now… and keep chasing him. So we would be glad if these winners stay hungry for more success and continue to entertain us with roles as splendid and as varied as those of Ron Woodroof, Jasmine, Rayon and Patsey!