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MANILA, Philippines - It won’t be long now ’til the annual lovefest across Hollywood comes to a close with the unfolding of the 85th Academy Awards. There will be much global applause at the eventual awardees, some yawning told-you-so's at the expected victors, and some gasps at surprise winners.
But while film fanatics have yet to find out who the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be crowning this year, the upcoming movies of most of the nominated actors and actresses are no longer a mystery, as this roundup will show.
Best actor nominees
The latest batch of nominees for Best Actor in a Motion Picture includes Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix and Denzel Washington.
Cooper had already followed up his recognized turn in “Silver Linings Playbook” with first, “The Place Beyond the Pines,” a crime drama that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last September and which will get wide release in the US next month. Second is a reprisal of his drunken-spree gig in “The Hangover Part III” this May. Cooper is likewise set to be reunited with “Silver Linings” costar Jennifer Lawrence for “Serena,” an adaptation of a Depression-era novel of the same name.
The chameleonic Day-Lewis, an Oscar shoo-in for “Lincoln,” apparently has nothing concrete in the pipeline just yet, giving him lots of time to stare at his latest bevy of best-actor statuettes. For his part, “Les Misérables’” Jackman will be far from miserably vacant: After his presence in the just-out black comedy “Movie 43,” he will be furrowing his brows and unleashing his (fake) claws anew this July as “The Wolverine.”
Washington, fresh from piloting “Flight,” will play costar to Mark Wahlberg in an adaptation of the action/drama graphic novel “2 Guns.” All told, though, it’s the next movie of “The Master’s” Phoenix that should prove most interesting: a sci-fi-romance entitled “Her,” about a man who falls in love with a computer system (trippy), and written and directed by Spike Jonze (super trippy).
Bonus entry: He’s neither nominated for the acting or directing categories at the Oscars, but Ben Affleck has been wowing by bagging several pre-Academy Awards plums for “Argo.” So what’s the vindicated actor-filmmaker up to next? A costarring bit opposite Justin Timberlake in the crime drama “Runner Runner.”
Best actress nominees
These are Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Emmanuelle Riva, Quvenzhané Wallis and Naomi Watts.
The prolific Chastain, who is also in theaters via the horror thriller “Mama” and has concluded a Broadway stint as “The Heiress,” will be seen twice via the two-part curiosity “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers.” This is the second of two “Disappearance” movies (the other one is “…His,” the “his” and “hers” versions representing two views of the same story). Lawrence, like his “Playbook” partner Cooper, will be back in a sequel: this November’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
“Amour's” Riva, the oldest of all the best-performance nominees at age 85 (86 by Oscar day), has, like Day-Lewis, nothing concrete in the offing yet. By contrast, “Beasts of the Southern Wild’s” Wallis, the youngest of all the latest Oscar nominees at age 9, has been cast alongside Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt, among others, in the historical drama “12 Years a Slave.” The movie is the latest from critically acclaimed director Steve McQueen (whose movies, like “Beasts,” have yet to unspool in Philippine cinemas).
Meanwhile, the ever compelling Watts, who made it through “The Impossible,” is also in the politically incorrect “Movie 43” as well as in the reportedly controversial Australian drama “Two Mothers.” She will play the central figure of the royal biopic “Diana.”
Best supporting actress nominees
The contenders here are Amy Adams, Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt and Jacki Weaver.
“The Master’s” Adams may go home empty-handed on Oscar night but she has a big year ahead: aside from playing Lois Lane in director Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” she will be in dramedy mode by way of “Lullaby,” teaming up anew with “Master” costar Phoenix for “Her.” She will pull off an unlikely turn as the titular late rocker of “Janis Joplin: Get It While You Can.”
“Lincoln’s” Field, who could end up with her latest Oscar statuette, apparently has nothing on her plate prior to 2014’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The more-favored Hathaway, who could be Field’s upset provider, is surprisingly sans new outings for now, giving her more time to maybe catch up with Lea Salonga.
“The Sessions’” Hunt may be off-camera for a while, content with directing an episode of the TV drama “Revenge” and developing projects under her co-owned outfit Hunt/Tavel Productions. And the Australian Weaver (no relation at all to fellow actress Sigourney) is due to show up in two new flicks: Korean auteur Park Chan-Wook’s creepy Hollywood debut “Stoker” (which opens this incoming week) and the Zac Efron-starring historical drama “Parkland.”
Best supporting actor nominees
In the running are Alan Arkin, Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones, and Christoph Waltz.
Arkin of “Argo,” who recently costarred with Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in the crime caper “Stand Up Guys,” will be seen in yet another comedy, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” alongside Steve Carell and Jim Carrey.
De Niro, back in the awards circuit via “Silver Linings,” is set to be in at least 5 films from now to next year: the ensemble comedy “The Big Wedding”; the Sin City-based laughfest “Last Vegas”; the Sylvester Stallone-costarring, “Rocky”-meets-“Raging Bull” farce “Grudge Match”; the Sean Penn-directed drama “The Comedian”; and “Killing Season,” an action diversion that is De Niro’s first movie with John Travolta.
“The Master’s” Hoffman will be joining Lawrence in “Catching Fire,” while Jones’ post-“Lincoln” gig is another historical drama (and Toronto International filmfest entry), “Emperor,” portraying General Douglas MacArthur.
Waltz, who just might end up receiving his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar, will voice the lead antagonist in the animated feature Epic and will topbill “The Zero Theorem,” a sci-fi drama that is also the latest from fantastic director Terry Gilliam.
And the Oscar goes to….who cares? Nominees, please keep the movies coming. - Rappler.com
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