You've reached the pinnacle of your profession and have been given the ultimate accolade from your peers. Now what?
Some Oscar winners go on to long and busy careers, while other fade into obscurity (Beatrice Straight's win for "Network" and F. Murray Abraham's prize for "Amadeus" unfortunately didn't bring them many grade-A roles). So what's in store for last night's victors?
Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress honors for her role in David O. Russell's film "Silver Linings Playbook," and knowing a winning combination when she sees one, she's already booked two more projects with the director. Lawrence is slated to star in "The Ends of the Earth," based on the real-life story of Ernest Marland, who in the 1920s adopted a young woman named Lydie Roberts, only to have the adoption legally dissolved so Marland and Roberts could get married.
Russell also has a film in the works about the ABSCAM influence-peddling scandal of the 1970s, and Lawrence has agreed to play a small role in that picture. The current working title of the ABSCAM film is "American Bulls---," but it's a safe bet that will change before it arrives in theaters.
And to balance out the artier fare, Lawrence still has booked the two-part "Hunger Games" finale, "Mockingjay" (the already-filmed second installment, "Catching Fire," hits theaters in November), along with the superhero sequel "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
Daniel Day-Lewis, on the other hand, isn't planning on making another movie anytime soon after his Best Actor triumph in "Lincoln." (After winning a third Oscar, it's not like he has much to prove as an actor). Day-Lewis will be taking a five-year sabbatical from acting, and intends to spend time on his farm in rural Ireland, where he'll look after his family and indulge his interest in stone masonry.
Of course, this is not the first time the actor had taken a break to reflect and recharge -- five years passed between Day-Lewis's role in 1997's "The Boxer" and his return to the screen in "Gangs of New York," and his role as Abe Lincoln came three years after 2009's "Nine."
It won't be long at all before we see Anne Hathaway on screen again. After taking home the Best Supporting Actress honors for "Les Miserables." Hathaway has a supporting role in "Don Jon's Addiction," the first feature-length directorial project from actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which recently made its American premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. And while it's not an Oscar-bait project, Hathaway will be reprising her voice role as the feisty macaw Jewel in the sequel to the computer-animated hit "Rio."
Christoph Waltz took home his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar Sunday for his role in "Django Unchained," and right now, the Austrian character actor already has two pictures in post-production. Waltz is in the voice cast of the animated adventure "Epic," alongside Colin Farrell, Aziz Ansari, rapper Pitbull, and Aerosmith howler Steven Tyler. Waltz will also been seen soon in "The Zero Theorem," a sci-fi themed comedy-drama from Monty Python alumnus Terry Gilliam (who also directed "Time Bandits" and "Brazil"); his costars include Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, and David Thewlis. As for the future, Waltz has been cast as former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Mike Newell's historical drama "Reykjavik." Waltz will be playing opposite Michael Douglas, who is slated to appear as Ronald Reagan.
Now that Ben Affleck has been crowned as for producing Best Picture "Argo," he's going to focus on acting for his new two projects, with roles in Terrence Malick's upcoming "To The Wonder" (with Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams) and Brad Furman's "Runner, Runner" (costarring Gemma Arterton, Justin Timberlake, and Anthony Mackie). No word yet on when he'll be working behind the camera again, though it probably won't be long.
And Ang Lee now has the distinction of having won the Best Director award twice without ever taking Best Picture as well he was honored last night for his work on "Life of Pi" while "Argo" earned Best Picture, and while he got an Oscar for 2005's "Brokeback Mountain," that movie lost to "Crash." What's next for Lee? He's serving as producer on "The Hands of Shang-Chi," adapted from a Marvel comic book series, with Woo-ping Yuen directing. Lee has also expressed a keen interest in directing an upcoming film about the life of Cleopatra, a long-gestating project with Angelina Jolie in the title role.