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This story first appeared in the Feb. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Leading actor and actress nominees:
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Carell, 52, has wrapped the indie drama Freeheld, starring Julianne Moore, and next shoots The Big Short with Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale. He also is executive producing the TBS comedy series Angie Tribeca, starring Rashida Jones.
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
He’ll reunite with Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell and star Jennifer Lawrence for Joy in March. After Cooper, 40, performs The Elephant Man onstage this summer in London, he will produce and possibly star in Warner Bros.’ human-slavery drama Orphan X.
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Cotillard, 39, wrapped The Weinstein Co.’s Macbeth with Michael Fassbender, and they’ll reunite on Fox’s Assassin’s Creed. Before that, she has auteur Nicole Garcia‘s romance Mal de Pierres.
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
The 38-year-old Brit will play Hamlet starting in August at the Barbican Centre in London before transitioning to the lead role in Doctor Strange for Marvel, scheduled to shoot in the fall.
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Jones, 31, won the female lead in the Star Wars standalone movie directed by Gareth Edwards. Before that, she’ll appear in J.A. Bayona‘s A Monster Calls (Oct. 14, 2016) and will shoot Ron Howard‘s Dan Brown adaptation Inferno with Tom Hanks in the spring.
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Keaton, 63, has wrapped the Catholic Church sex-scandal pic Spotlight and is attached to make Universal and Legendary’s King Kong: Skull Island and will play Ray Kroc in The Founder, about the origin of the McDonald’s chain.
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Moore, 54, will go straight from an Oscar win to Maggie’s Plan with nominee Ethan Hawke. She has the final Hunger Games in the fall and wrapped Freeheld, in which she plays a gay detective.
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Pike, 36, will join Charlie Hunnam in the romance The Mountain Between Us and is attached to a diving thriller titled The Bends.
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
The newly crowned best actor winner, 33, has Jupiter Ascending currently in theaters and is reuniting with Les Miserables director Tom Hooper on The Danish Girl, in which he plays a transgender artist.
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
The actress-producer, 38, is in Warners‘ Hot Pursuit (May 8) and is attached to Alexander Payne‘s Downsizing with Matt Damon.
Supporting actor and actress nominees:
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Arquette, 46, is returning to television with the CSI spinoff CSI: Cyber, which premieres March 4 on CBS, following her win Sunday at the Oscars.
Laura Dern, Wild
The 48-year-old actress next appears in the Toronto Film Festival drama 99 Homes, with Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon. She also is developing an ensemble comedy with Judd Apatow about female football fans, and she’s in talks for Kelly Reichardt’s next film with Michelle Williams.
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Duvall, 84, has directed Wild Horses, with James Franco and Josh Hartnett, which will premiere at South by Southwest in March. Also that month, he’ll appear in an adaptation of John Steinbeck‘s In Dubious Battle, directed by Franco.
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Hawke, 44, begins work right away on Rebecca Miller‘s romantic comedy Maggie’s Plan. He also directed a doc about pianist Seymour Bernstein that IFC will release later this year.
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
The 29-year-old Brit next stars in the thriller Everest (Sept. 18), with Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin. She hasn’t taken another movie role because she’s expecting her first baby in the spring, and then she’ll make her Broadway debut in an adaptation of Therese Raquin, set to open in October.
Edward Norton, Birdman
Norton, 45, has done voice work on Seth Rogen‘s Sausage Party and is producing HBO’s Lewis and Clark miniseries, which shoots in the summer. He also produced a Netflix doc about fathers and sons (March 6).
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
The 47-year-old has wrapped his turn as the Hulk in May’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and will star in Spotlight, about Boston’s Catholic Church sex scandal. He’s working on the Now You See Me sequel through March.
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Besides appearing in those Farmers Insurance ads, the Oscar winnner, 60, co-stars in July’s Terminator: Genisys, and he’s wrapped work on The Accountant, starring Ben Affleck. Along with Michael Keaton, he’s attached to Universal and Legendary’s King Kong: Skull Island.
Emma Stone, Birdman
Stone, 26, has Cameron Crowe‘s ensemble dramedy Aloha out May 29, and she has wrapped Woody Allen‘s latest, Irrational Man, which Sony Pictures Classics will release in the summer. She also is developing a project with Easy A director Will Gluck and a comedy called Little White Corvette.
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Streep, 65, the most-nominated actress ever, has finished work on two projects: Suffragette, playing a woman fighting for the right to vote (Helena Bonham Carter co-stars); and TriStar’s Ricki and the Flash, in the role of a fading rock musician.
NOT NOMINATED, BUT … Selma‘s David Oyelowo, 38, has received a nominee-like career bump. In January, he signed to star with Lupita Nyong’o in The Queen of Katwe, Disney’s story of a Ugandan teenage chess prodigy. He also is reteaming with Selma director Ava DuVernay for an untitled Hurricane Katrina murder mystery for Participant Media. And he will return as voice talent for season two of Star Wars: Rebels.
Alejandro G. Inarritu, Birdman
The Mexican filmmaker, 51 — who took home the award Sunday night — is shooting Fox and New Regency’s Western thriller The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, for a planned Christmas release.
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Linklater, 54, is in postproduction on That’s What I’m Talking About, a baseball dramedy starring Blake Jenner and Ryan Guzman. He also is developing several other projects.
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Miller, 48, who has directed only three narrative features and often takes years between movies, has not identified his post-Foxcatcher project.
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
The auteur, 45, has mentioned interest in returning to stop-motion animation. Sources say he’s also mulling a new project with Moonrise Kingdom’s Roman Coppola.
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
The Norwegian director, 47, likely will make his major-studio debut with the space romance Passengers, with Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in talks to star.
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