What the 2016 Oscar Winners Did After Their Victories

Four first-time Oscar winners shared one dream: to make great movies.

It’s been 10 months since Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Mark Rylance and Alicia Vikander added three words before their names: Academy Award winner. For DiCaprio and Rylance, the recognition was long overdue—and for Larson and Vikander, it put them in a new stratosphere.

DiCaprio hinted at his next undertaking during his acceptance speech. “Making The Revenantwas about man’s relationship to the natural world—a world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history,” he said. “Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real—it is happening right now.”

Calling climate change “the most urgent threat facing our entire species,” DiCaprio implored people around the world “to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.” The actor continued, “We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this.”

At the time, DiCaprio was finishing up his National Geographic documentary, Before the Flood. A three-year labor of love, it followed the U.N. Messenger of Peace as he interviewed people in both developing and developed nations who provided emotional and pragmatic views on what must be done today—and in the future—to prevent the catastrophic destruction of the planet.

Before the Flood premiered in theaters in L.A. and New York City on Oct. 21 and aired globally on the National Geographic Channel on Oct. 30, in 171 countries and 45 languages. For a time, the documentary was available to stream on the National Geographic Channel’s YouTube page.

DiCaprio, who put his acting career on hold to promote the documentary, told reporters his goal was to “make a modern-day film about climate change.” The interview subjects included Pope Francis, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and United States President Barack Obama.

In addition to producing Before the Flood, DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions co-produced Warner Bros.’ Live by Night; Ben Affleck wrote, directed, produced and starred in the drama. Later this year, DiCaprio is expected to shoot The Ballad of Richard Jewell alongside Jonah Hill.

Brie Larson, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Room)

Larson has worked steadily since 2001, often stealing the spotlight with supporting roles in films like 2012’s 21 Jump Street and 2013’s The Spectacular Now. Her starring role in 2013’s Short Term 12 earned her favor with the Critics’ Choice and Independent Spirit Awards, but it wasn’t until Room‘s release that Larson entered the Academy Awards race.

The actress had already completed Basmati Blues and Free Fire, both of which were set for release after her win. In the midst of award season, Larson filmed Warner Bros.’ Kong: Skull Island alongside John Goodman, Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson. In May, she began filming Lionsgate’s The Glass Castle alongside Max Greenfield, Woody Harrelson and NaomiWatts. Larson joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in July when the studio cast her as Captain Marvel, giving her the first female-led film in the franchise (set for release in 2019).

Larson was back on set in November to direct and star in Unicorn Store. The indie comedy’s cast includes Joan Cusack, Jackson, Hamish Linklater, Karan Soni and Bradley Whitford.

As Larson told E! News’ Marc Malkin in September, she was looking for lighter material after shooting heavy dramas and suspenseful action movies. “I’m thinking I want to develop a film that takes place at a tropical [location]—maybe the Hawaiian Four Seasons. Maybe all the Four Seasons!” she joked. “And I’d just go to different Four Seasons and taste all their piña coladas.”


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