Hollywood is a town that exists in the present with very little reflection going on before the next new and shiny toy is brought out for audiences to marvel at and play with. It’s a play on Woody Allen’s famous argument for breaking up with Diane Keaton’s character in Annie Hall, in fact: “A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies…” And while the industry that plies its trade in Make Believe and Magic does the occasional reach-around cuddle move with its storied history, the unspoken rule is that it makes more sense financially to prognosticate on what’s ahead versus the road just travelled on in the rearview mirror. With that salient point made, it’s not too early to give curious readers a sneak peek at what lies ahead for some of this year’s biggest Oscar nominees. Fasten your seatbelts, kiddies as we here at Vents (accept no substitutes!) gives you the full skinny on all upcoming projects for these very talented individuals in an ongoing series I like to call, “So, what next?” Creative, isn’t it? Today Vents is going to concentrate on the talented individuals who scored Oscar nominations for Best Actress.
Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) has numerous projects in the offing. The HBO series The Outsider based off of the best-selling Stephen King novel premiered on January 12 and new episodes will follow every week. Ms. Erivo continues her foray into quality television work with her turn as the legendary Aretha Franklin in the National Geographic show Genius; This ongoing look at some of the brilliant minds that have shaped our world with their immeasurable talents. Also on her dance card are two films in post-production, Chaos Walking and Needle in a Timestack.
Scarlett Johansson – Geez, there was a time when if asked to pick who would have the more substantive career between Ghost World co-stars Johansson and Thora Birch (American Beauty) I would have said Birch without hesitancy. This is why I don’t go to Vegas, people. With two Oscar nominations to her name this year (Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit), Johansson does not look poised to take a breather anytime soon: A little art house film called Black Widow looks set to break box office records later this year as does her voice only performance in Sing 2.
Saoirse Ronan (Little Women) has had a brilliant career, so much so that it’s sometimes easy to forget that she’s so young. Atonement was no fluke for this thespian and her nomination in Greta Gerwig’s latest is proof in the pudding. Next up for this future Hollywood mogul is The French Dispatch and Ammonite. Go, Saoirse!
Renee Zellweger (Judy) is the odds-on fave to beat this year at the Oscars for her transcendent metamorphosis into film icon Judy Garland. What’s interesting about Zellweger is that she’s become a very selective actor in the course of her celebrated film career. Translation? Ms. Zellweger is currently between projects and her IMDb page lsts nothing coming up in the immediate future. However, Hollywood worships at the ground of true and genuine talent, and this Zellweger has in spades. Expect an update on future film projects in the near future from ye olde film addict.
Charlize Theron (Bombshell) has had a long and distinguished career in Tinseltown and finally she is getting some much needed attention from the Academy for her always consistent and solid work. She’s come a long way since Celebrity and it’s good to see her score a deserved nomination. Next up for her is a triple threat: The Old Guard (of which she is also acting as producer for), Atomic Blonde 2 and Two Eyes Staring. Ms. Theron is also listed as a producer for the latter two.
As they say in Sodom and Gomorrah (or, as I like to call it, Hollywood), “That’s a wrap!” Join us tomorrow as we peek into our Magic 8 Ball and give you a heads up on what the Best Actor nominees have up their sleeves for 2020! In the meantime, run over to our compatriots over at The Hollywood Reporter for a full rundown (I say in my best Charles Miner tone of voice) of the full list of nominees!