Monday, July 22, 2024

Upcoming Projects From This Year’s Oscar Winners

By Will Mavity 

Winning an Oscar can be a career or even a life-changing event for some. But for most of this year’s winners, the day after Oscar night also means just going back to work the next day. Nearly every Oscar winner is already booked for an upcoming project.

Here is what this year’s Oscar winners are up to next…

Best Picture
Producers Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi & Patrick Wachsberger – “CODA” 

Producers Phillipe Rousselet and Fabrice Gianfermi are producing “The Man with the Miraculous Hands,” a WWII Drama from Oscar-nominated writer-director Oren Moverman (“The Messenger”) starring Woody Harrelson. Meanwhile, Producer Patrice Wachsberger is reteaming with “CODA” writer/director Siân Heder for “Impossible,” a romance centering on “a ghostwriter, Nick, who is a disappointment to himself and his soon-to-be-ex-wife, and Bee, a commitment-phobe content on repurposing wedding dresses rather than finding a reason to wear one herself.” Wachsberger is additionally producing “Bad Genius,” a thriller by “Luce” director Julius Onah and a remake of “Highlander” starring Henry Cavill. 

Best Director
Jane Campion – “The Power of the Dog” 

Jane Campion hasn’t decided what her next project will be. Campion didn’t release a single feature film between 2009’s “Bright Star” and “The Power of the Dog.” Hopefully, after winning a Best Director Oscar, she’ll be able to get her next film off the ground sooner. In the meantime, she is planning a “pop-up film school” to teach people about the art of directing.

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain – “The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Jessica Chastain will once again play someone named Tammy in the upcoming T.V. series “George & Tammy,” focusing on the romance between Country singers George Jones and Tammy Wynette. She’s also starring alongside Eddie Redmayne in Netflix’s “The Good Nurse,” a serial killer drama directed by “Another Round” co-writer Tobias Lindholm and produced by Daren Aronofsky. She’s also starring in an English language remake of Olivier Masset-Depasse’s thriller “Mother’s Instinct” alongside Anne Hathaway and Netflix’s “The Division,” an action film from Rawson Marshall Thurber (“Red Notice“).

Best Actor
Will Smith – “King Richard

It’s unclear what impact Will Smith’s slapping incident at the Oscars will have on his career long-term, but he has several projects lined up in the immediate future. He’s playing the lead in AppleTV+’s buzzy runaway slave drama “Emancipation,” based on a script that was touted as one of the Blacklist’s “Best Unproduced Scripts.” He also has three Netflix projects, including “Fast and Loose,” an actioner from “Deadpool 2” director David Leitch, “The Council,” a crime drama from “Concussion” director Peter Landesman, and “Bright 2,” a sequel to his 2017 fantasy buddy cop film.

Best Supporting Actress
Ariana DeBose – “West Side Story

Ariana DeBose has joined a cast that includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Russell Crowe, Alessandro Nivola, and Christopher Abbott in “Kraven the Hunter,” a superhero film in Sony’s “Spider-Man” Universe from JC Chandor (“A Most Violent Year”). She’s also in the even more star-studded cast of Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming spy film “Argylle,” joining the likes of Henry Cavill, Bryce Dallas Howard, Samuel L. Jackson, John Cena, Sam Rockwell, Bryan Cranston, and Catherine O’Hara. Finally, she’s appearing in “I.S.S.,” a sci-fi from “Blackfish” director Gabriela Cowperthwaite. 

Best Supporting Actor
Troy Kotsur – “CODA

After accepting his Oscar, Troy Kotsur said backstage, “This is just the beginning for me…is Hollywood ready?” He has already lined up his next project, “Flash Before the Bang.” The project tells the true story of a deaf track and field team in the 1980s. Kotsur will portray the team’s coach. Notably, the film’s writer-director Jevon Whetter and the film’s producer Delbert Whetter are themselves deaf, giving the film an added layer of authenticity.

Best Adapted Screenplay
Sian Heder – “CODA

In addition to the above-mentioned “Impossible,” Sian Heder has signed on to write and direct “Being Heumann,” an adaptation of disability rights activist Judy Heumann’s bestselling memoir of the same name. AppleTV+ has already secured the rights to the film.

Best Original Screenplay
Kenneth Branagh – “Belfast

Kenneth Branagh has joined the sprawling cast of Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” as an actor. He is already developing a third Agatha Christie adaptation based on one of Christie’s lesser-known works and is set in Venice, Italy.

Best Animated Feature
Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino & Clark Spencer – “Encanto

Clark Spencer, who previously won an Oscar for “Zootopia,” is currently producing a T.V. series based on the film.

Best Documentary Feature
Questlove, Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent & David Dinerstein – “Summer of Soul

Questlove and Joseph Patel have already settled on their next project: a documentary about musician Sly Stone. David Dinerstein and Robert Fyvolent just produced “Really Good Rejects,” a documentary about musician Reuben Cox, which premiered at SXSW. 

Best International Feature Film
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi – “Drive My Car

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi is currently prepping his next feature entitled “Our Apprenticeship,” which focuses on “a Japanese girl [studying] abroad at a theatre school in Paris, where she gains new values and energy for her future through meeting people from different backgrounds.”

Best Animated Short Film
Alberto Mielgo & Leo Sanchez Barbosa – “The Windshield Wiper”

Alberto Mielgo is currently developing a still-untitled feature film for Stampede, an independent animation studio founded by Former President of Creative Development at Warner Bros, Greg Silverman.

Best Documentary Short Film
Ben Proudfoot – “The Queen of Basketball”

Ben Proudfoot has been working on a series with The New York Times focusing on COVID-19.

Best Live-Action Short Film
Aneil Karia & Riz Ahmed – “The Long Goodbye”

Riz Ahmed is set to star in “Exit West,” a Barack and Michelle Obama-produced refugee drama from Yann Demange (“‘71″), as well as a new “Hamlet” adaptation for Netflix.

Best Cinematography

Greig Fraser – “Dune

In addition to returning to lens “Dune: Part Two,” Greig Fraser is reuniting with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” director Gareth Edwards for “True Love,” a John David Washington and Gemma Chan-led sci-fi film.
Best Costume Design
Jenny Beavan – “Cruella

Having previously won an Oscar for “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Beaven is returning to work on George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” prequel entitled “Furiosa.” Beaven is also working on the Lesley Manville and Isabelle Huppert-led period piece, “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris,” and the Helen Mirren-led holocaust drama “White Bird” from Marc Forster (“Finding Neverland”).

Best Film Editing
Joe Walker – “Dune

Joe Walker can’t get enough of Denis Villeneuve. He has already signed on to edit “Dune: Part Two” as well as Villeneuve’s separate sci-fi, an adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s “Rendezvous with Rama.”

Best Makeup & Hairstyling
Justin Raleigh, Linda Dowds & Stephanie Ingraham – “The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Justin Raleigh is providing the prosthetics and special effects makeup for “Aquaman & the Lost Kingdom.” Meanwhile, Linda Dowds is working with Jessica Chastain again for “The Good Nurse.”

Best Original Score
Hans Zimmer – “Dune

In addition to returning for “Dune: Part Two,” Hans Zimmer is scoring Paramount’s upcoming “Top Gun: Maverick.”

Best Original Song
Billie Eilish & Finneas O’Connell – “No Time to Die

Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell just released three original songs for Disney’s “Turning Red.” 

Best Production Design
Zsuzsanna Sipos & Patrice Vermette -“Dune

Zsuzsanna Sipos just finished up work on the upcoming Nicolas Cage-led “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.” She’s also currently working on Eli Roth’s video game adaptation, “Borderlands.” Meanwhile, Patrice Vermette will be returning for “Dune: Part Two.” He’s also working on “Foe,” the new film from “Lion” director Garth Davis, and “Bardo,” the new movie from four-time Oscar winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu.

Best Sound
Mac Ruth, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill, Ron Bartlett & Mark Mangini – “Dune

Like most of the others who won Oscars for “Dune,” the sound team is returning for “Dune: Part Two.” In the meantime, Mark Mangini is also working on Amazon’s documentary “Good Night Oppy” about the Mars Exploration Rover. 

Best Visual Effects
Tristan Myles, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert & Brian Connor – “Dune

All four are returning to work on “Dune: Part Two.” In addition, Gerd Nefzer is currently working on “John Wick: Chapter 4” and Universal’s Dracula reboot “The Last Voyage of the Demeter,” while Brian Connor is working on the WWII drama “Devotion” from J.D. Dillard (“Sweetheart”).

Whose upcoming projects are you most excited about? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below or on our Twitter account.

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Loves Awards Season, analyzing stats & conducting interviews. Hollywood Critics Association Member.

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