Whether first-time nominees like Rami Malek and Lady Gaga or veterans like Glenn Close and Christian Bale, this year’s crop of Oscar nominees bring an eye-popping array of talent to the proceedings. For many of them, their award-nominated films are several months behind them, and once the red carpet rolls up for the season, it’s back to work. Here’s what some of the buzziest Oscar nominees have in store.
The chameleonic actor was nominated for an Oscar for the fourth time for his portrayal of former Vice President Dick Cheney in Vice, but he’s returning to his British roots for his next project. Bale will portray the British race car driver and engineer Ken Miles in Ford v. Ferrari, a drama about Ford’s attempt to build a car capable of beating the dominant Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France. It’s currently slated for a June 28 release.
Cooper wowed audiences and critics with his directorial debut, A Star Is Born, in which he also starred as troubled rocker Jackson Maine. While his next screen project is voicing Rocket Raccoon in this spring’s Avengers: Endgame, his next onscreen appearance could come in another directorial project. Cooper is currently attached to direct, co-write, and star in a biography of renowned composer Leonard Bernstein. No release date has been announced, and the project has yet to begin production.
With four Oscar nominations under his belt, this veteran actor is never short of work. After playing Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate, Dafoe has four projects on tap for 2019 alone. The only one with a release date so far is Motherless Brooklyn, fellow actor Edward Norton’s first directorial project in nearly 20 years. Set in 1950s New York, the film follows Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective with Tourette’s syndrome, as he attempts to solve the murder of his only friend. Dafoe will portray a character named Paul Randolph, whose role in the film remains unclear. It is slated for a Nov. 1 release date.
Malek has earned an Emmy for his work on Mr. Robot and jumped to full movie-star status with his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. He’ll next be seen back on television, reprising his role as hacker Elliot Alderson in the fourth and final season of Mr. Robot. The season will air sometime this year on USA. He’ll also be lending his vocal talents to an animal in the Robert Downey Jr.-led The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, but that won’t hit theaters until early 2020.
The Lord of the Rings star earned his third Oscar nomination for his portrayal of driver Tony Lip in Green Book. His choices are always unpredictable, and Mortensen appears poised to make his directorial debut with his next project, Falling, which he is also attached to star in and write. The film will focus on a conservative father’s move from his rural farm to his gay son’s family in Los Angeles.
Mahershala Ali won an Oscar for Moonlight in 2017 and scored another nomination this year for his portrayal of pianist Don Shirley in Green Book. He hasn’t announced what he might go into production on yet, but he can currently be seen on the big screen in Alita: Battle Angel and on the small screen in HBO’s True Detective.
Rockwell earned his second Oscar nomination in as many years with his portrayal of George W. Bush in Vice. He has many projects on tap for the coming months, but first up are two April titles. On the big screen, he’ll portray Ku Klux Klan leader C.P. Ellis in The Best of Enemies, which chronicles civil rights activist Ann Atwater’s 1971 face-off with Ellis over school integration in North Carolina. On television, he’ll be seen as legendary choreographer Bob Fosse opposite Michelle Williams’ Gwen Verdon in FX’s Fosse/Verdon.
Since exploding on the scene with Girls in 2012, Driver has become one of the most sought-after actors of his generation, and he earned his first Oscar nomination for his work in BlacKkKlansman. Next up, he’ll be seen on stage opposite Keri Russell in the highly anticipated first Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s Burn This. Then in December, he’ll reprise his role as the villainous Kylo Ren in the final entry in the new Star Wars trilogy, Star Wars: Episode IX.
After decades in the business, Elliott earned his first-ever Oscar nomination for his moving work in A Star Is Born. Right now, Elliott can also be seen on the big screen as the title character in The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot. Up next, he’ll voice President Lincoln’s bodyguard Ward Hill Lamon in the history series The Gettysburg Address, examining the history and legacy of Lincoln’s most famous speech.
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Grant has charmed awards voters with his giddy, earnest press tour this season in the wake of nominations for his work as writer Jack Hock in Can You Ever Forgive Me? He can currently be seen on Netflix’s third and final season of A Series of Unfortunate Events, as the descriptively named Man With Beard but No Hair.
The Roma star had never acted professionally or recieved any training prior to being cast in her breakout role. Instead, she was planning to be a teacher. In the wake of her success, Aparicio hopes to keep acting, but she doesn’t currently have any announced projects on the horizon. Though with the nonstop promo she’s been doing for Roma, it’s not like she’s had much time.
Close garnered her seventh career Oscar nomination for her work as a famous novelist’s spouse in The Wife. While she’s never hurting for work, she doesn’t currently have any new projects announced. Though she has gone on record about her ideas for a Fatal Attraction remake, even joking that she could write it. Now that’s an idea that won’t be ignored.
The pop star dipped into acting on FX’s American Horror Story before making her feature film debut and earning an Oscar nod for her portrayal of Ally in A Star Is Born. She doesn’t currently have any new acting projects in the works, but we suspect she’s a little busy with her residency at the Park MGM Las Vegas through November. There she plays an extravagant career retrospective titled Enigma and has a more limited number of dates dedicated to a jazz and piano show.
Funnywoman Melissa McCarthy earned her second Oscar nomination after taking a dramatic turn in Can You Ever Forgive Me? Next up, she’s sticking with drama in the 1970s-set crime thriller The Kitchen. McCarthy will star opposite Elisabeth Moss and Tiffany Haddish as mob wives who take over their husbands’ business when the men are are incarcerated. It’s slated for a Sept. 20 release.
This Brit’s star was already on the rise with the success of projects like The Night Manager and Broadchurch, and her brilliant portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite shot her to new heights. She has two high-profile TV projects on tap for 2019: First, she’ll appear as the greedy Madame Thenardier in PBS’ non-musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, and then she’ll play another royal role when she takes over for Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in the third season of Netflix’s The Crown.
Adams earned her sixth career Oscar nomination with her Lady Macbeth-ian portrayal of Lynne Cheney in Vice. After the success of 2018’s Sharp Objects, she’ll soon lead another twisty, female-driven thriller as agoraphobic Anna Fox in the big-screen adaptation of best-seller The Woman in the Window. It’s currently slated for an Oct. 4 release.
With some Emmy love under her belt, Regina King has now secured her first Oscar nomination, for If Beale Street Could Talk. So far, she has two projects coming up in 2019. On the TV side, she’s attached to Damon Lindelof’s adaptation of the comic book series Watchmen, as Angela Abar. Moving back to the world of film, she will star in the thriller All the Way With You, opposite Tichina Arnold and Brandon T. Jackson. It’s set to open Nov. 8.
Emma Stone notched her third Oscar nomination for her work in The Favourite. For her next project, she’s returning to her roots with a sequel to the 2009 cult favorite Zombieland, in which she portrayed one of a motley crew of survivors facing off against the undead. Zombieland 2: Double Tap will hit theaters Oct. 11.
Rachel Weisz garnered her second career Oscar nomination with her role as the outrageously competitive Sarah Churchill in The Favourite. She previously won an Academy Award for her work in The Constant Gardener. Though Weisz is in high demand on both stage and screen, she currently has no new projects announced.
After decades of work, legendary filmmaker Spike Lee finally scored his first Oscar nomination for Best Director with BlacKkKlansman (along with nods for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture). He’s already in pre-production on his next film, tentatively titled Da 5 Bloods, about a group of Vietnam veterans who return to the jungle to reclaim their innocence. No release date has been announced, but Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) is attached to star.
The Oscar-winning director has racked up even more nominations for his intensely personal film Roma. He’s typically tight-lipped about his next projects, but he currently has two announced titles: One is reportedly a television film, Ascension, which Casey Affleck is attached to. The other is A Boy and His Shoe, a long-gestating project about a young French girl who moves to Scotland with her family. Neither have release dates or further information.
Adam McKay seems to have firmly transitioned from the gross-out comedies he made his name on alongside Will Ferrell to political and cultural satire. Vice brought his second directing nomination, after his Oscar nod for The Big Short. Next up for McKay is another divisive real-life story in Bad Blood: The film is about Elizabeth Holmes, the disgraced founder of the blood-testing company Theranos. Jennifer Lawrence is currently attached to star, but there is not yet a release date.