Few Nominees Take Time To Rest on Their Laurels

Cinematographer Roger Deakins
Cinematographer Roger Deakins (By Ann Johansson -- Associated Press)
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Sunday, February 17, 2008

You know these Hollywood superstar types: At next week's Oscar ceremony they'll probably use their red carpet and podium time to salute the recently striking writers. But who's going to speak for the actors and their Next Big Project? We simply cannot, and will not, let their voices go unheard! As a public service to our readers and to ensure that these actors continue to be adored, we proudly look ahead to what's next for these woefully suffering souls.

-- John Maynard

Johnny Depp

He likey the blood. After being knee-deep in it in his Oscar-nominated role in "Sweeney Todd," Depp is on board for "Public Enemies," portraying gangster John Dillinger, who (we've read) saw a lot of the red stuff himself.

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's nominated for his role as an unstable lawyer in "Michael Clayton" and she's got a Best Actress nod 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" gets the unavoidable Woody Allen nod. In "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," he plays a Spanish painter getting heat from his ex (Pen┬┐lope Cruz) over his relationship with two American tourists, including Allen's latest go-to gal Scarlett Johansson.

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