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Actors start to pan for new Oscar gold

Now that the Oscar winners have been announced and the Red Carpet fashions analyzed, it's time to wonder what the actors who pulled in the Academy Award nominations — and garnered the awards — will be doing next. Here's a look at who will be starring in what later this year. But don't look for Daniel Day-Lewis, best actor winner in There Will Be Blood, on this list. We couldn't find what he was up to next.

Johnny Depp: After his Oscar-nominated role in Sweeney Todd, Depp is onboard for Public Enemies, portraying gangster John Dillinger.

George Clooney: A perennial Oscar nominee, the star of Michael Clayton stars in and directs April's football comedy Leatherheads and later headlines the Coen brothers' dark comedy Burn After Reading.

Tom Wilkinson and Laura Linney: He was nominated for his role as an unstable lawyer in Michael Clayton and she got a best actress nomination for playing an emotionally stunted daughter in The Savages. Both will don Revolutionary garb for HBO's miniseries John Adams, with Wilkinson as Ben Franklin and Linney as Abigail Adams.

Javier Bardem: The psycho killer from No Country for Old Men who won the best supporting actor award gets the unavoidable Woody Allen nod. In Vicky Cristina Barcelona, he plays a Spanish painter getting heat from his ex (Penelope Cruz) over his relationship with two American tourists.

Ellen Page: The It Girl and star of Juno will team with a couple of former It Girls. Whip It is not a Devo biopic but a roller-derby comedy starring Drew Barrymore. Earlier in the year, Page appears with Sarah Jessica Parker in the romantic comedy Smart People.

Tilda Swinton: Not that she needs to, but the Michael Clayton best supporting actress winner is continuing to hitch her star to Clooney. She teams with him later this year in Burn After Reading, and this time they're lovers, not fighters.

Saoirse Ronan: The 13-year-old, who netted a best supporting actress nomination for Atonement, will star in Peter Jackson's adaptation of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones.

Philip Seymour Hoffman: It was inevitable that the uber-genius actor, and the only one from the star-laden Charlie Wilson's War to come out with a nomination, would be paired with uber-genius writer Charlie Kaufman for his new comedy with the uber-smartypants title Synecdoche. It's about a theater director who constructs a replica of New York City.

Ruby Dee: The 83-year-old actor, who nabbed her first nomination for American Gangster, goes from big budget to li'l indie, starring in Steam, with Ally Sheedy. The plot? Women gabbing about their lives in a gym's steam room.

Casey Affleck: Outshining big brother Ben with two big roles this year, Affleck recently signed to play an amnesiac who finds himself working for a mobster in The Kind One, based on the just-published novel by Tom Epperson.

Tony Gilroy: The Michael Clayton director seems taken with corporate greed. His next project is Duplicity, starring Clive Owen and Julia Roberts as a pair of corporate baddies in cahoots for a major con job.

Cate Blanchett: Perhaps the woman nominated for her turn as Bob Dylan was influenced by the Dylan song Like a Rolling Stone when she chose her next role, as a villain in May's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. (Remember that scene . . . Indy running from that giant rolling stone?)

Diablo Cody: The charmed-life motif continues unabated. The stripper-turned-screenwriter-turned-nominee is hooking up with . . . Steven Spielberg. They're developing The United States of Tara, a new series for Showtime about a housewife (Toni Collette) with multiple personalities. Cody's also got two movie projects: a college comedy called Girly Style and a horror-comedy called Jennifer's Body.

Actors start to pan for new Oscar gold 02/25/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 8:55am]
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