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Eye on the Oscars: Talent Race

Several of Oscar’s usual suspects have been noticeably missing from the bigscreen in 2011, but most spent their absences filming and are ready to be back on Oscar’s most-wanted list next year.

Two-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis was last seen singing his way through Italian showbiz in 2009’s “Nine.” In his next project the Brit will portray an iconic American president in Touchstone’s “Lincoln,” slated for a December 2012 bow.

Three of 2010’s Oscar nominees, Annette Bening, Javier Bardem and Mark Wahlberg, have taken an onscreen hiatus in 2011 but have more than one project bowing in 2012.

Four-time Oscar nominee Bening is following up her Oscar-nominated perf in 2010’s “The Kids Are All Right” with “Imogene,” alongside the summer’s “Bridesmaids” star Kristen Wiig, and Fox’s “He Loves Me” in 2012.

Though two-time Oscar nominee Wahlberg’s producing schedule has been packed in 2011, his acting took a bit of a backseat. Wahlberg is following up his 2010 Oscar-nominated perf in “The Fighter” with Universal’s “Contraband” and Seth MacFarlane’s “Ted.”

Bardem, who won in 2007 for “No Country for Old Men,” will follow up his 2010 nomination for “Biutiful” in 2012 with an untitled Terrence Malick project, along with appearing beside Daniel Craig in “Bond 23.”

Still starring in Showtime’s hit “The Big C,” three-time Oscar nominee Laura Linney was in “The Details,” which premiered at Sundance this year but has no release date yet. Linney will appear in 2012’s “Hyde Park on Hudson” about FDR’s affair with a distant cousin.

Angelina Jolie and Amy Adams catered to a younger crowd with the summer’s “Kung Fu Panda 2” and November’s “The Muppets,” respectively. Next year, three-time Oscar nominee Adams plays Jane in Walter Salles’ adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”; and in 2013 she’ll portray Superman’s ladylove Lois Lane in Warner Bros.’ “Man of Steel.”

Oscar-winner Jolie has several projects in development for the next couple of years, but in December moviegoers will see her move behind the lens in her first feature film. Jolie helmed, wrote and produced for “In the Land of Blood and Honey” about a couple in war-torn Bosnia.

Finally, though two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith hasn’t been in a film since 2008’s “Seven Pounds,” he’ll aim to reclaim his crown as summer box office king next year when he reprises his role as Agent J in “Men in Black III” opposite Tommy Lee Jones, scheduled to bow May 25.

Then in 2013, Smith will reassemble another fruitful film duo for M. Night Shyamalan’s “One Thousand A.E.” Smith and his son Jaden are set to play, not surprisingly, a father-son pair exploring an alien planet.

Eye on the Oscars: Talent Race
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