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Oscars: What's Next for the Best Actor and Actress Nominees

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Hugh Jackman returns to "X-Men," and Bradley Cooper reunites with David O. Russsell.

This story first appeared in the March 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

BRADLEY COOPER, Silver Linings Playbook

The busiest nominee has The Hangover Part III and The Place Beyond the Pines out this spring. Serena (with Jennifer Lawrence) is done, and he's about to shoot David O. Russell's next film opposite Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams and Christian Bale. Cooper has several projects in development at Warner Bros., including American Sniper, based on Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who recently was killed at a gun range. A Cameron Crowe movie could shoot in the fall, followed by MRC's Bad Blood and Trouble, and he's attached to Legendary's Here There Be Monsters. But his reps say a rumored Lance Armstrong movie isn't real.

JESSICA CHASTAIN, Zero Dark Thirty

Her one film in the can has morphed into two: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers, now planned as separate movies. She also has signed on for the Downton Abbey-esque drama Miss Julie, in which she will play a daughter of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy who encourages her father's valet to seduce her.

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JENNIFER LAWRENCE, Silver Linings Playbook

She recently completed the period drama Serena opposite Cooper and is finishing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire before segueing in April to X-Men: Days of Future Past in Montreal.

EMMANUELLE RIVA, Amour

The French actress, who turns 86 on Oscar Sunday, has received offers but hasn't picked a follow-up.

QUVENZHANE WALLIS, Beasts of the Southern Wild

The 9-year-old co-stars with Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt in Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave and is being courted to star in Sony's Annie reboot.

NAOMI WATTS, The Impossible

The Aussie star has filmed a take on the Princess of Wales in Diana as well as the sexy Sundance hit Two Mothers and Sunlight Jr., in which she is pregnant and holding a minimum-wage job.

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JOAQUIN PHOENIX, The Master

He's shot Her, directed by Spike Jonze, and Lowlife, a Weinstein Co. period drama with Marion Cotillard and Renner. And he's negotiating to reteam with Paul Thomas Anderson for Inherent Vice, based on the 2009 Thomas Pynchon novel.

DENZEL WASHINGTON, Flight

Out in August is 2 Guns, a Universal action thriller co-starring Mark Wahlberg. Washington is seeking a director for The Equalizer, Sony's adaptation of the '80s TV series, since Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) dropped out. Rupert Wyatt has expressed interest.

HUGH JACKMAN, Les Miserables

The Wolverine opens July 26. He's shooting Prisoners, an Alcon thriller with Jake Gyllenhaal, then he'll reprise his mutant role in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS, Lincoln

Nothing in the can or on the horizon. Take a job!