The Academy Awards 2020 are done and dusted and the winners are flying high on champagne bubbles.
But if they want to capitalise on their Oscars success, time is of the essence.
To make the most of the public and movie moguls’ interest, the successful stars need to get back to the grindstone.
With that in mind, here’s what we can hope to look forward to from the triumphant actors, actresses and director.
Won: Best director for the darkly comic South Korean social satire Parasite, which also won him the coveted best picture award – the first time a non-English language film has done so.
How many Oscars is that now? Two, for best director and best original screenplay, although with Parasite winning in two other categories (best picture and best international film), you could argue that Bong won four golden statuettes in a single night – a feat only previously achieved by Walt Disney in 1953.
What’s next? Bong says he has two projects up his sleeve: One is a Korean feature he’s been honing for the last decade, the other is an English project, which he is in the process of researching. Speaking backstage at the Oscars, he declined to give further details, but said: “I do have a plan. I have to work. It’s my job.”
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Won: Best actress for recreating Judy Garland’s final run of concerts in the musical biopic Judy.
How many Oscars is that now? Two. After nominations for three years in a row from 2002 to 2004, she finally won the Oscar for best supporting actress for the American Civil War drama Cold Mountain.
What’s next? She has nothing on the agenda (that’s known about, at least). Helen Fielding is writing a new Bridget Jones book so maybe a return to her kooky character lies on the horizon. Let’s just hope she doesn’t take another six years off, as she did from 2010 – 2016.
Won: Best supporting actress for playing a tough-talking, hotshot divorce lawyer in Marriage Story.
How many Oscars is that now? One but she’s been nominated twice before – for best supporting actress in 2014’s Wild, and for best actress in 1991’s Rambling Rose.
What’s next? She’s set to resume her role as paleobotanist (yes, that’s a real job) Dr Ellie Sattler in Jurassic World, the third instalment of the rebooted dinosaur franchise.
Who co-stars and directs? Fellow Jurassic stalwarts Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum, alongside Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard join Dern on-screen, while director Colin Trevorrow returns after 2015’s Jurassic World.
When will it be on screen? It’s currently scheduled for release in June 2021.
Won: Best actor for his mind-bending performance in Joker.
How many Oscars is that now? One, but he’s been nominated three times before. He received best actor nominations for The Master in 2013 and for playing country singer Johnny Cash in Walk the Line in 2006 and was up for best supporting actor in 2001 for Gladiator.
What’s next? C’mon C’mon.
What’s it about? It’s a drama in which he plays the uncle of a gifted and sensitive boy, whose father struggles with bipolar disorder.
Who co-stars and directs? Co-stars include Gaby Hoffman, known for the comedy series Girls, and dancer Kenneth Kynt Bryan. Mike Mills, known for 2010’s Beginners, directs and also wrote the screenplay.
When will it be in cinemas? Later this year.
Sharon Choi: An Oscar-winner in the making?
Won: No official film awards, but Bong Joon-ho’s trusty interpreter claims the trophy for winning hearts. She became a social media phenomenon, thanks to her poise, humour and dignified dedication to her job.
The 25-year-old has accompanied Bong since the Cannes film festival last year (where Parasite won the Palme d’Or) and they seem to have developed a symbiotic relationship. Choi’s skill has been to communicate the emotional essence of the director’s words, rather than providing a literal translation. At the Oscars, she three times conveyed the director’s messages of gratitude to the whole of Hollywood, unfazed by the glitzy audience.
What’s next? Choi has plans to make her own movie… about the awards season.
“She’s a film-maker, and she studied film at university,” said Bong, backstage at Sunday night’s ceremony. “She’s writing [a] feature-length script. I’m so curious about it.”