Oscar Actors: Ryder, Winona

Winona Ryder plays Cheryl Moore in “The Informers,” which is being released on April 24, 2009 by Senator Distribution.

Ryder will next be seen in Rebecca Miller’s “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” opposite Robin Wright Penn, Alan Arkin, Keanu Reeves, and Julianne Moore; Geoffrey Haley’s “The Last Word” starring opposite Wes Bentley and Ray Romano and will also be seen in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” starring Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban and Eric Bana opening May 2009.

As ‘Jo’ in Gillian Armstrong’s highly acclaimed version of the
Louisa May Alcott classic, “Little Women,” Ryder received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. The previous year she was Oscar nominated, and won the Golden Globe and National Board of Review Awards, for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Martin Scorsese’s “The Age of Innocence.” Ryder also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Richard Benjamin’s “Mermaids.”

In 1999, Ryder starred in and served as executive producer on the critically acclaimed “Girl,
Interrupted,” based on the best selling memoir and directed by James Mangold. While the film marked Ryder’s first feature as executive producer, she previously produced the documentary “The Day My God Died,” which depicted the human story behind the modern tragedy of child sex trafficking in India.

Noted for constantly challenging herself with each project, Ryder has worked with some of the
most acclaimed directors in film today including Jean Pierre Jeunet’s “Alien: Resurrection,” Woody Allen’s “Celebrity,” Nicholas Hytner’s “The Crucible,” Billie August’s “The House of the Spirits,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” Jim Jarmusch’s “Night on Earth,” Tim Burton’s “Edward Scissorhands” and “Beetle Juice,” Michael Lehmann’s “Heathers,” Ben Stiller’s “Reality Bites,” Al Pacino’s “Looking For Richard,” Joan Chen’s “Autumn in New York,” Janusz Kaminski’s “Lost Souls,” Jocelyn Moorehouse’s “How To Make an American Quilt,” David Wain’s “The Ten” and Richard Linklater’s “A Scanner Darkly.”

On television, Ryder lent her voice to both “The Simpsons” and “Dr. Katz.” She also narrated a
Grammy-nominated album, “Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl.” Additionally, Ryder appeared in the season finale episode of “Strangers With Candy” and on an episode of “Friends.”

In 1997, Ryder was honored with Showest’s Female Star of the Year, the Motion Picture Club’s
Female Star of the Year, as well as receiving an honorary degree from San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater. She served as a juror for the 51st Annual Cannes International Film Festival under Martin Scorsese and received the Peter J. Owens Award for “brilliance, independence and integrity” at the 2000 San Francisco Film Festival. Ryder was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Ryder served on the Board of Trustees to the American Indian College Fund, which helps Native Americans preserve and protect their culture through education. She has been very involved with the KlaasKids Foundation since the organization’s inception in 1994.