Now that the Academy Awards are over and we've all had time to appreciate what a setback Seth MacFarlane's banal misogyny was, it's time to consider which of the winners will uphold a longstanding Oscars tradition and follow their statue-winning performance with a complete turkey of a role. The patron saint of this endeavour remains Halle Berry, who won a Best Actress Academy Award for Monster's Ball in 2002 and then took a very large pay cheque to star in the wretched Catwoman.
This year's Best Actress, Jennifer Lawrence (pictured), appears to be steering clear of leather catsuits. The personable 22-year-old has already finished a period drama, Serena, where she plays the wife of a Depression-era lumber baron whose infertility shakes their marriage. Lawrence's Silver Linings Playbook foil, Bradley Cooper, plays her husband, and direction is from the Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier (Brothers, In a Better World). After that Lawrence reunites with Silver Linings director David O. Russell and Cooper, as well as Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams, for an untitled Washington D.C.-set story of politics and scams from the 1970s. In addition, Hunger Games and X-Men sequels will keep her very busy.
Life of Pi Best Director Ang Lee has nothing concrete in the works, but the director of Best Picture winner Argo, Ben Affleck, is preparing an adaptation of another novel by Dennis Lehane, whose Gone Baby Gone was Affleck's first feature as director. Live by Night is a return to Boston, for a Prohibition-era tale of a policeman's son who takes on a life of crime and eventually tangles with both the mob and his father's department. It's not clear yet if Affleck if will also star, as he did in The Town and Argo, or draft in a leading man.
Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway is without a major project. She's already finished a small role, playing the star of a fake Hollywood romantic-comedy, in Don Jon's Addiction, the directorial debut of her Dark Knight Rises co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt. A day or two of voice work in the sequel to animated hit Rio is also on the cards. Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz is entering the ever unpredictable world of filmmaker Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Twelve Monkeys) for The Zero Theorem, the story of a computer hacker trying to discover the meaning of life despite the deliberate sabotage of his mysterious superiors. Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton and Ben Whishaw co-star.
And finally there's Daniel Day-Lewis, who celebrates his third Best Actor win by taking on several unexpected roles. In the romantic-comedy You're so Vein, Day-Lewis will play a conceited cardiac surgeon who has his life turned around by an eccentric dog groomer, to be played by Reese Witherspoon, who styles his only friend, an autocratic Great Dane. After that Day-Lewis will play a Maserati stolen by Vin Diesel in Fast & Furious 7.
Okay, we made that last paragraph up, but when you write a casting column Daniel Day-Lewis is the bane of your life. Six films in 16 years makes him a rare – albeit worthy – mention. For the record, Daniel Day-Lewis has nothing in the works. More news in 2016.