What’s Next For the 2017 Oscar Winners

By  · Published on February 27th, 2017

From Damien Chazelle to the makeup people from Suicide Squad…

The long road to the Oscars is over for all of last night’s winners, but none of them are at the end of their career path. In fact, for many of the honorees, this is just the beginning, or it’s a step up to bigger and better things. We are excited for who and what won and hope you all will see Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, The Salesman, The White Helmets, and the rest, if you haven’t already. And then join us in being excited for the next projects of all the winners, which we’re spotlight below.

Mahershala Ali, Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight

Ali had the distinction of being in two of the Best Picture nominees, one of which won the final Academy Award and for which he was honored with the first win of the night. He can next be seen in Roxanne Roxanne, a 1980s-set biopic about rapper Roxanne Shante that premiered at Sundance last month. Tim League and Tom Quinn’s new distribution company, Neon, picked it up but haven’t set a release date yet. As of now, that looks like his only 2017 title, which is fine given how much work of his arrived last year. In 2018, he’ll appear in the James Cameron-scripted, Robert Rodriguez-directed manga adaptation Alita: Battle Angel and maybe the longtime coming South American action film Triple Frontier. He’s also been cast in the true story The History of Rachel Dupree, opposite fellow new Oscar winner Viola Davis.

Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, and Christopher Nelson, Best Makeup and Hairstyling for Suicide Squad

This trio will likely return to work on Jared Leto’s Joker makeup and more for the Suicide Squad sequel in the works, but that’s not a certainty. With the win, they ought to get deals for the whole DC Extended Universe. But at the moment the team has no future credits together. Makeup and hair designer Bertolazzi has War Machine, which is not an Avengers/Iron Man spinoff but David Michôd’s Afghanistan War satire due sometime this year. Gregorini is did hair for an Italian drama, Il Permesso, which opened there last week. And Nelson, who was mostly in charge of Killer Croc, worked on Nebula’s makeup effects for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Avengers: Infinity War. He also reunited with Suicide Squad director David Ayer for the upcoming Netflix movie advertised during the Oscars, Bright.

Colleen Atwood, Best Costume Design for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The legendary Atwood won her fourth Oscar last night (past wins were for Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Alice in Wonderland), and while her history has us presuming she won’t be nominated for any Fantastic Beasts sequels, it’s likely that she’ll work on at them. She will also surely continue working on DC Comics TV properties, such as Supergirl. Currently her only known future credit, however, is 2018’s Tomb Raider.

Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow, Best Documentary Feature for O.J.: Made in America

With his Oscar win, Edelman proves he’s a master of documentary filmmaking, so now it’s time for him to show off what talent he has for directing drama. He’s the latest on the bill to helm The Ballad of Richard Jewell, about the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing. Jonah Hill plays the title character, a man wrongly suspected of the act, and is producing with potential co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. As is the case with most doc producers, Caroline Waterlow is working on a number of projects at the moment, including a scripted film, but nothing is ready to be announced in any way.

Sylvain Bellemare, Best Sound Editing for Arrival

Bellemare is one of those winners we should expect to see advance to only bigger projects. Particularly sci-fi/fantasy stuff. For now, he’s got the small Canadian movies Radius and A Worthy Companion, the latter starring Evan Rachel Wood, possibly out this year.

Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, and Peter Grace, Best Sound Mixing for Hacksaw Ridge

O’Connell, one of the hardest-working and most-nominated sound men (this was his first win in 21 attempts), will surely have tons of 2017 credits listed by the end of the year. But at the moment there’s just the mysterious romantic drama I’m Not Here starring J.K. Simmons, Sebastian Stan, and Maika Monroe maybe out this year. Wright is the sound editor for the Australian TV series spinoff Dance Academy: The Movie. Mackenzie is sound designer for Australian movies Berlin Syndrome and Breath. He and Wright also worked on recent Fantastic Fest entry Down Under. Grace did splinter unit sound for Alien: Covenant.

Viola Davis, Best Supporting Actress for Fences

In addition to continuing her Emmy-winning role on TV’s How to Get Away with Murder and possibly returning for Suicide Squad 2, as well as producing the short Night Shift, which just debuted at Sundance, Davis has a few exciting projects lined up. One is the Widows adaptation scripted by Gillian Flynn and directed by Steve McQueen, where she’ll play one of the title characters, widows of bank robbers who finish their last job. She’s also set to produce and star as the lead in a Harriet Tubman biopic for HBO and produce and star as the lead in the true story The History of Rachel Dupree, opposite fellow new Oscar winner Mahershala Ali.

Asghar Farhadi, Best Foreign Language Film for The Salesman

Even before he won his second Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Farhadi was ready to move further into the mainstream. His next movie, currently only designated “Untitled Asghar Farhadi Project,” will be in English and Spanish and stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. Pedro and Agustin Almodovar are producing the movie, which is a psychological thriller involving winemakers being likened to an Agatha Christie novel.

Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer, Best Animated Short for Piper

Barillaro and Sondheimer have nothing lined up that’s been reported, but we can guess Brillaro will be directing a Pixar feature fairly soon.

Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Clark Spencer, Best Animated Feature for Zootopia

Although nothing has come out officially from Disney, Lin-Manuel Miranda recently revealed that he’s working on a secret project with Howard. Moore’s next is more certain, and that’s the job of co-directing a sequel to his own prior Disney animated feature, Wreck-It Ralph. And Spencer will be producing that, as well.

David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, Best Production Design for La La Land

The Wascos are probably going to continue working together as production designer and set decorator, respectively. They should reunite with longtime collaborator Quentin Tarantino, for one thing, but the only known credit so far is David’s, for an upcoming carjacker drama titled Wednesday.

Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Dan Lemmon, Best Visual Effects for The Jungle Book

Three-time winner Legato actually just released a directorial project, the Eliza Dushku-led horror film Eloise. Jones, who previously won an Oscar for Avatar would presumably but not officially be involved with its sequels. But neither he nor Valdez have any new credits yet. As for Lemmon, he’s back as visual effects supervisor of the Planet of the Apes franchise with the sequel War for the Planet of the Apes, out on July 14th.

John Gilbert, Best Editing for Hacksaw Ridge

Gilbert is one of the editors of Jamie Bell-led action movie 6 Days, and he edited the true Oxford dictionary story The Professor and the Madman, starring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn as the title characters, respectively. Both are due later this year.

Kristóf Deák and Anna Udvardy, Best Live-Action Short Film for Sing

Hungarian director Deák and producer Udvardy have nothing of not yet.

Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara, Best Documentary Short Film for The White Helmets

Von Einsiedel will get a credit on the remake of The White Helmets that George Clooney is working on, but just as a formality. His next project as a director is actually a narrative feature, a Michael Bay and Leonardo DiCaprio-produced drama based on the true story of the Rwandan cycling team and Tour de France racer Jacques Boyer. Von Einsiedel is also producing Jeanie Finlay’s 2018 documentary The Seahorse, about the first transgender men to conceive a baby. None of these films have release dates. The White Helmets producer Joanna Natasegara has no new credits yet.

Linus Sandgren, Best Cinematography for La La Land

Coming up in 2017, hopefully, Sandgren shot the tennis biopic Battle of the Sexes, for which he reunited with Emma Stone, who plays Billie Jean King. And for a 2018 release, he’s currently filming Lasse Halström’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms starring Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Mackenzie Foy, and Morgan Freeman.

Justin Hurwitz, Best Original Score for La La Land

Although Hurwitz, who won two Oscars last night, has no listed upcoming credits, we can bet he’ll be scoring Damien Chazelle’s next movie, and next.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (with Justin Hurwitz), Best Original Song for La La Land

Pasek and Paul collaborated on the music for the upcoming Hugh Jackman-led circus-set musical biopic The Greatest Showman, about P.T. Barnum. That comes out on Christmas of this year. They’re also on board to compose songs for Disney’s live-action remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Kenneth Lonergan, Best Original Screenplay for Manchester by the Sea

The writer of The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle finally got an Oscar. Lonergan’s next project as just a writer is BBC’s upcoming Howard’s End miniseries, due this year. He also co-wrote a movie for Sony about a father and son raising newborn boys at the same time titled Like Father.

Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney, Best Adapted Screenplay for Moonlight

In addition to penning an upcoming episode of the TV series Dear White People, Jenkins has long been attached to co-direct but not write A Contract With God, based on the Will Eisner graphic novel. There are no known film projects for McCraney, who wrote the play Moonlight is based on.

Damien Chazelle, Best Director for La La Land

Chazelle’s next project is the Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, which he will direct but didn’t write, and his La La Land star Ryan Gosling is playing the famous astronaut. It’s unclear when that will shoot, though, let alone come out. There’s also the movie listed only as “Untitled Damien Chazelle Project,” which has a finished script and Arrival’s Shawn Levy as producer but nothing about it is revealed yet. And he has an old script out there for a movie called The Claim, about a father in search of his kidnapped daughter.

Casey Affleck, Best Actor for Manchester by the Sea

Affleck has a ton of stuff in the can and in the pipeline, including his latest with filmmaker David Lowery and actress Rooney Mara, Ghost Story, which was a critical hit at Sundance last month. He’s now working with Lowery again on the 2018 crime comedy The Old Man and the Gun and will be an executive producer on Lowery’s To Be Two. And he’s moving more behind the camera, having produced the recent Sundance-debuted short Dinner Party and being set to produce and direct a feature titled Far Bright Star, starring his friend Joaquin Phoenix, and wrote and is directing another titled Light of My Life, which he stars in as a father lost in the woods with his daughter. He’s supposed to write and direct a Josh Hamilton baseball player biopic. He’s also producing a documentary, The Joe Donavan Project, and Mark Romanek’s The Boston Strangler, and another true story titled Death Row Chaplain. He worked on a script rewrite for Jay Roach’s true sports scandal movie The Trade with brother Ben Affleck. In front of the camera, he’s one of half of the iconic exploring team at the center of the upcoming TV miniseries Lewis and Clark. And he could star in the vigilante movie Villain, which he wrote and is producing for director Mikael Marcimain.

Emma Stone, Best Actress for La La Land

In addition to the aforementioned Battle of the Sexes, which she’ll star in as tennis legend Billie Jean King, Stone has a few fun projects in the works and will surely get many more because of her Oscar. First, she’s reuniting with her Superbad costar Jonah Hill for Cary Joji Fukunaka’s TV miniseries Maniac, then for 2018 she’s playing the title Disney villain in the live-action One Hundred and One Dalmatians reimagining, Cruella and she stars as Baroness Abigail Masham opposite Olivia Colman’s Queen Anne in the Yorgos Lanthimos-helmed period piece The Favourite. She’s also set to star with Jillian Bell and Kate McKinnon in the comedy Women in Business, and she’s producing her own starring vehicle Little White Corvette, about a brother and sister who try to sell some cocaine they found. And as for her next possible Oscar nomination, Stone will star in a Rosemary Kennedy biopic, titled Letters from Rosemary, about the older Kennedy sister who notoriously was given a lobotomy.

Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner, Best Picture for Moonlight

The producers of Moonlight are keeping quite busy. Romanski produced the latest from Aaron Katz, a mystery with Zoe Kravitz and John Cho titled Gemini, and the latest from David Robert Mitchell, a neo noir with Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, and Topher Grace titled Under the Silver Lake. Both could be out this year. And she’s producing Mitchell’s next, Ella Walks the Beach, as well as the second season of TV’s The Girlfriend Experience. Gardner and Kleiner, both previous Best Picture winners with 12 Years a Slave, have even more on their plates. They’ve got the new miniseries Feud and the aforementioned Affleck-led Lewis and Clark plus the TV series version of The Departed. For the big screen there’s War Machine, the World War Z sequel, Bong Joon-ho’s Okja, Andrew Dominik’s Blonde, the Jonathan Lethem adaptation The Fortress of Solitude, the Stephen King adaptation The Jaunt, a Dick Cheney biopic, and tons more with Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company.

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Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.