While the hype and hoo-ha of the Oscar campaigns have kept the various nominees busy these past months, it hasn’t stopped the stars, and the filmmakers, from moving ahead with new projects. And who knows, maybe some of the work will land them back in the Oscar race next year? Here’s what a few of the top contenders in Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony are up to:
Alejandro G. Inarritu, nominated for best director, best screenplay (co-writing credit) and best film (co-producing) for Birdman, has been busy in the Canadian Rockies with The Revenant, a frontier thriller about real-life 19th century fur-trapper Hugh Glass. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Glass, who was attacked by a bear and then robbed and left for dead by his companions (Domhnall Gleeson, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter).
Richard Linklater, up for best director, screenplay (co-writer) and picture (co-producer) for Boyhood, has been batting around That’s What I’m Talking About, set in the world of college baseball. Blake Jenner, Ryan Guzman and Tyler Hoechlin star.
Michael Keaton, who will probably take home the best actor Oscar Sunday for his kinetic (and telekinetic?) performance in Birdman, portrays Walter “Robby” Robinson, the Boston Globe editor who led the paper’s “Spotlight” team in its investigation of the Boston Archdiocese sex abuse scandal. (Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo plays one of the lead reporters on the case.) The pic, from writer/director Thomas McCarthy, is called Spotlight.
Then again, Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) or Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), could win best actor. Redmayne (lets just pretend Jupiter Ascending never happened) stars opposite Amber Heard in The Danish Girl, the true story of transgender artist Einar Wegener. Local boy Cooper has Aloha (with Oscar nominee Emma Stone) coming this spring – a Hawaii-set dramedy from Cameron Crowe. Cooper is also in an untitled project set about the super-competitive restaurant biz, from John Wells, who directed the film adaptation of August: Osage County.
And Julianne Moore, pretty much a lock to win best actress for Still Alice, has Maggie’s Plan, a romantic comedy from Rebecca Miller, in the works. (Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke costars). And Felicity Jones, Moore's best actress competition (for The Theory of Everything) has reportedly signed for the lead in a mystery-shrouded Star Wars spinoff, slated for Dec, 2016 release.