Lupita Nyong’o, Matthew McConaughey: What’s next for Oscar-winning actors?

Oscar winners. And now best friends! (Jason Merritt/Getty)

The golden statues have been collected, speeches analyzed, selfies taken — yeah, yeah, whatever, now it’s time to move on to the next thing. What’s next for the acting winners from this year’s Academy Awards? Here’s a sampling of each trophy winner’s future plans, from busiest to most mysterious.

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Cate Blanchett

Think collecting an Oscar is going to slow her down? Not a chance: Movies on her docket include Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” a film about “celebrities and excess” that also stars Natalie Portman and Christian Bale. Plus, she’s playing Galadriel in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” sequel, set for December; she also has a voiceover part in “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ due in June.

Plus she’s filming a David Mamet thriller called “Blackbird,” scheduled for 2015, in which she plays the granddaughter of a Hollywood special effects artist who may have also been special-ops. And this doesn’t even bring into account her being attached to starring roles in Disney’s “Cinderella” and Todd Haynes’s “Carol.” Meanwhile, Deadline reports she’s set to star in and executive produce an HBO movie called “Cancer Vixen,” based on a book about a Manhattan cartoonist diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Matthew McConaughey

Though his HBO drama “True Detective” wraps up on Sunday night, McConaughey is staying busy. He’ll star in Christopher Nolan’s space-traveling sci-fi drama “Interstellar” alongside Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain this fall. TheWrap reports he’ll continue his streak of serious roles, as he’s signed on to Gus Van Sant’s “Sea of Trees,” a cheery-sounding movie about a man who goes to kill himself in Mount Fuji’s “suicide forest” before running into a man that makes him re-evaluate his life. And IMDB is getting our hopes up by saying he’s “rumored” to appear in an unannounced sequel, “Magic Mike 2.”

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Jared Leto

There are no acting roles lined up yet for Leto — though there are rumors he’s wanted to star in a movie about the Beatles — but the actor is going on tour. His band, 30 Seconds to Mars, announced today that it will go on tour with Linkin Park and AFI, starting Aug. 8 in West Palm Beach, Fla., and wrapping up Sept. 19 in Concord, Calif. (He also told reporters backstage at the Oscars that his band is headed to Ukraine and Thailand in the next few weeks.)

Lupita Nyong’o

This one is more mysterious, as the 31-year-old breakout star (now one of the biggest new names in Hollywood) hasn’t announced her next role. Though she’s starring now in Liam Neeson thriller “Non-Stop” (as a flight attendant on a plane being held for ransom, sort of), there’s no word on what she’ll do next. She told the Hollywood Reporter that she’s looking at several upcoming projects, and is “listening to her gut” about which one to choose.

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.



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