So You’ve Won An Oscar! What’s Next?

A look at this year’s winners’ upcoming projects and their viability for next year’s awards season. Because it is NEVER TOO EARLY to start talking about the Oscars.

1. George Clooney and Grant Heslov, Producers

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The longtime producing and creative partners are far from resting on their laurels. They already have a feature adaptation of the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play August: Osage County in the can, and it boasts the most impressive cast for a film this year: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Margo Martindale, Julianne Nicholson, and Sam Shepard. Boom. Tracy Letts adapted his play for the film, and John Wells — best known as the producer of The West Wing and ER — directed.

If that weren’t enough, Clooney and Heslov are about to go into production on The Monuments Men, a fact-based WWII thriller that Clooney will also direct and star in from a script he and Heslov wrote. It boasts the second most impressive cast for a film this year: Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Daniel Craig, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, and Bob Balaban. BOOM.

Chance of 2014 Oscar nod: As close to a sure thing as there is at this point.

2. George Clooney, Actor

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Separate from Clooney’s work with Heslov — and if he weren’t busy enough already — he’s also costarring with Sandra Bullock in director Alfonso Cuarón’s long-in-the-works sci-fi drama Gravity.

And once production on Monuments Men wraps, he’ll then star in director Brad Bird’s mysterious Disney film Tomorrowland, which is aiming for a December 2014 release.

Chance of 2014 Oscar nod (as an actor): Decent. His role in Gravity is reportedly on the smaller side, but that wouldn’t necessarily keep him from a Best Supporting Actor nod.

3. Ben Affleck, Actor

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While he does not have his next directing project officially lined up yet, Affleck has been busy as an actor. In April, he’ll star in To the Wonder, the latest impressionistic work of cinema from The Tree of Life director Terrence Malick, about a couple (Affleck and Olga Kurylenko) who find themselves at a romantic crossroads.

Then in September, Affleck will star in Runner, Runner, playing the head of an offshore online gambling empire who hires an up-and-coming Princeton student (Justin Timberlake) hard up for cash. Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) directed from a script by Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Ocean’s Thirteen).

Chance of 2014 Oscar nod: The word is that Affleck has barely any spoken lines in To the Wonder, but playing against type in what sounds like a dark and edgy role for Runner, Runner could land him his very first nomination as an actor.

4. Jennifer Lawrence, Actress

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If it’s somehow possible, after a busy 2012, Lawrence is set for an even busier 2013 — one that will be oddly similar to 2012. She will, of course, star once more as ace archer Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — which arrives Nov. 22, 2013, in case you didn’t have that tattooed to your forehead already, but why wouldn’t you, are you Communist or something?

Lawrence is also reuniting with her Silver Linings Playbook costar Bradley Cooper in not one but two feature films. She’s already shot the first, the Depression-era drama Serena, with Danish director Susanne Bier (After the Wedding). And she’s committed to star with Cooper in the next film directed by Silver Linings Playbook’s David O. Russell, an untitled drama about the 1970s Abscam sting that brought down several U.S. congressmen. (Here’s hoping they won’t be sick of each other any time soon!)

If that weren’t enough, Lawrence will also shoot the summer 2014 popcorn flick X-Men: Days of Future Past this year as well.

Oh, and she’s also attached to the historical drama The Ends of the Earth, penned by Argo’s Chris Terrio — but given her packed schedule this year, that also won’t likely arrive in theaters until at least 2014.

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Chance of 2014 Oscar nod: Just by sheer volume, she’s got a good shot at it. Serena — about a woman whose inability to have children throws her husband’s timber empire into turmoil — is the most Oscar-bait-y of her roles this year.

5. Daniel Day-Lewis, Actor

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Backstage in the Oscars pressroom, Day-Lewis was asked if there was any historical figure he would want to portray in the future. “I can’t think of anyone right now,” he said, “because I need to have to lie down for a couple of years … It’s really hard to imagine doing anything after this.”

Don’t be too alarmed. Day-Lewis took an extended break from acting after 1997’s The Boxer.

Chance of 2014 Oscar nod: None.

6. Christoph Waltz, Actor

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Waltz’s closely cropped hair isn’t just a fashion choice: He went full cue ball to play the lead role of Qohen Leth in director Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem, about a computer hacker searching for the meaning of life. The film doesn’t yet have U.S. distribution, but it’s expected to hit theaters this year.

Otherwise, Waltz is lending his voice to the CG animated Epic, and he’ll play Mikhail Gorbachev opposite Michael Douglas’ Ronald Reagan in Reykjavik, which director Mike Newell (Donnie Brasco) is due to start shooting this spring.

Chance of 2014 Oscar nod: Just OK. Gilliam hasn’t sent an actor to the Oscar’s since 1995’s Twelve Monkeys, and Reykjavik likely won’t arrive in theaters until next year.

7. Anne Hathaway, Actress

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Other than a cameo in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction, Hathaway’s schedule opened up after Steven Spielberg postponed production on Robopocalypse. She’s currently looking at material.

Chance of 2014 Oscar nod: None.

8. Ang Lee, Director

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Lee has not announced any new projects.

Chance of 2014 Oscar nod: None.

9. Quentin Tarantino, Writer-Director

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Tarantino has not announced any new projects.

Chance of 2014 Oscar nod: None.

10. Chris Terrio, Writer

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He has several projects in various stages of development as a screenwriter: an adaptation of the Harlan Coben thriller Tell No One; an untitled crime film with Paul Greengrass set to direct; an adaptation of the New Yorker article “A Murder Foretold”; and The Ends of the Earth with Jennifer Lawrence. (Reports that David O. Russell would direct the latter were premature.)

None, however, are yet in production.

Chance of 2014 Oscar nod: Slim to none, but 2015 is another matter entirely.

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