ByAutumn Henderson-Brazie, writer at
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Autumn Henderson-Brazie

The Academy and viewers alike loved the performances of these talented actors in 2015, but what's next on the docket for them? Where can we see the 2016 Oscar nominees next?

Jennifer Lawrence

Previous Oscar winner, Jennifer Lawrence, who received her 4th nomination this year for David O. Russell's Joy, is one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood at the moment. She became part of the Marvel Universe in 2011 as the occasional villain, Mystique, of the X-Men and will be reprising her role in the 3rd installment of the franchise – X-Men: Apocalypse – on May 27th of this year.

Lawrence will also be joining Chris Pratt in the upcoming sci-fi film, Passengers. It's set in the distant future and tells the story of two passengers on a intergalactic transport vessel whose sleep chambers malfunction, causing them to wake up 60 years early. It's set to release on December 21st, 2016.

Michael Fassbender

Fassbender will also reprise his role (Magneto) in the X-Men franchise on May 27th. Afterwards, he will join an absolutely stellar cast in the upcoming Terrence Malick picture, Weightless, and then help to bring the novel, The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, to the big screen.

Saoirse Ronan

The 21-year-old Irish actress received her second Oscar nomination for Brooklyn this year and competed with the likes of Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, and Brie Larson in the lead actress category.

Her next project is a wonderfully original animated film telling the story of Vincent Van Gogh through his paintings. The movie is called Loving Vincent, but has not been given an official release date yet.

She will join Elisabeth Moss, Corey Stoll, and Annette Bening in 2016's The Seagull, which is a drama based off a play of the same name.

Rachel McAdams

McAdams, who was nominated this year for her work in Spotlight, will make her first foray into the world of superheroes in Marvel's Dr. Strange alongside fellow Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch. It's also rumored that she may be returning for Sherlock Holmes 3, but seeing as how she died in the second one...

Eddie Redmayne

Redmayne, who won an Oscar last year for The Theory of Everything, was nominated again in the lead actor category for his role as a transgendered woman in The Danish Girl. Interesting fact, he's also the front runner for a Razzie award as a result of whatever the heck happened in Jupiter Ascending.

Redmayne will be starring in the upcoming Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, opening on November 18th, 2016.

Alicia Vikander

Vikander, a relative newcomer to the American awards circuit, won in the supporting actress category for her role as Eddie Redmayne's loyal wife in The Danish Girl.

Vikander is also now in high demand (although likely not quite to the degree of Lawrence) and has three movies set to open in 2016. She will be featured alongside Matt Damon and Julia Stiles in upcoming Jason Bourne film as well as the adaptation of The Light Between Oceans (see Fassbender).

Vikander will star in Tulip Fever - the story of a painters infatuation with his subject - with Christoph Waltz, Judi Dench, Zack Galifianakis and Cara Delevingne.

Cate Blanchett

Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett will also be featured in Terrence Malick's upcoming, Weightless, joined by her Carol co-star Rooney Mara as well as Michael Fassbender and a plethora of other elite talent. Malick is, of course, the genius behind The Thin Red Line (1998) and The Tree of Life (2011).

Blanchett is set to join Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok, likely assuming the villain role. Additionally, she will be voicing the snake, Kaa, in another live-action adaptation of Disney's The Jungle Book called Jungle: Book Origins.

Rooney Mara

Mara, the (more critically acclaimed) sister of Kate, was previously nominated for 2011's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. She picked up her second nomination this year for Carol, which she starred in opposite Cate Blanchett.

As mentioned above, Mara will play a role in Terrence Malick's Weightless. She is also set to star in Una, an adaptation of a play called Blackbird. It's the incredibly controversial story of an affair between a 12-year-old girl and a much older man. The two meet again later in life and rekindle their "romance" (bleh). The play asserts that while Una may have been 12, she was entirely consenting to the affair (albeit with the perspective of her youth), which is one of the driving forces in the play, and the questions her consent raise are a major conflict within the play's script.

Mara will lend her voice to the animated Kubo and The Two Strings, as well as star in The Secret Scripture - a young woman's tale of the time she spent in a mental institution. Fun fact: the role was originally offered to Jessica Chastain (for followers of my blog, you know I've made it my mission to mention her name at least once per article. So there it is).

Mara is also rumored to be playing Mary Magdalene in 2017.

Bryan Cranston

Cranston, who is perhaps best known for his work on AMC's Breaking Bad, received his first Oscar nomination this year for Trumbo.

Cranston has a busy schedule ahead, and will be back on the big screen on March 25th alongside Anna Kendrick and Miles Teller in Get a Job.

Cranston will also star in the upcoming The Infiltrator, which in some way details the money laundering practices of Pablo Escobar.

Additionally, he will portray Lyndon B. Johnson in the upcoming TV movie, All the Way.

Brie Larson

The 26-year-old Room actress was the one to beat in this year's Best Actress race, which is won.

You will soon be able to see her in the comedy/musical Basmati Blues, and the drama Glass Castle. The latter stars she and Woody Harrelson as impoverished parents of a young girl who must come of age in the dysfunctional family.

Larson will star alongside Tom Hiddleston (Thor, Crimson Peak) in the most recent King Kong incarnation, King Kong: Skull Island.


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