Eccentricity has been Winona Ryder’s forte ever since she made her acting debut with the 1986 flick ‘Lucas’ from director David Seltzer. Seltzer discovered the talented girl from a videotape she sent him for an audition of another project. The Minnesota born actress was bullied by classmates when she was a student. The bullies used to call her a witch because she was different from others. The hostile atmosphere in the school turned her towards homeschooling, books and reading. She got her first breakthrough in 1988 with the horror-comedy ‘Beetlejuice’ from director Tim Burton. Ryder played the character of an eccentric teen girl Lydia in the movie which cemented her freakish image.
Ryder’s next major role was in the 1990 flick ‘Edward Scissorhands’ alongside Johnny Depp. The dark comedy that followed, ‘Heathers’, featured her as a hyperactive high school girl. The early ‘90s saw Ryder in more matured roles. She played the lead role in films like Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ (1992) and ‘The Age of Innocence’ (1993), the latter of which brought her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
The second half of the ‘90s was a disappointing period for the rising star. She played a number of forgettable roles in movies that sank without a trace. The disheartening period was punctuated with gems like the character Jo in ‘Little Women’ (1995) and ‘Girl, Interrupted’ (1999), in which she played the role of a young woman battles with mental illness. Her stunning portrayal of Jo in ‘Little Women’ earned Ryder another Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. She tried to keep up the momentum with movies like ‘A Scanner Darkly,’ ‘The Darwin Awards,’ ‘The Ten,’ and ‘Sex and Death 101.’
Ryder bounced back in the 2000s with back-to-back hits in both small and big screens. She earned critical praise for her performance in the 2010 television movie ‘When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story.’ She emerged as a leading character actress with movies such as ‘Black Swan’ (2010), ‘The Dilemma’ (2011), ‘The Iceman’ (2012), and ‘Homefront’ (2013). She reunited with her ‘Dracula’ colleague Keanu Reeves in the 2018 romantic comedy ‘Destination Wedding.’
Ryder returned to full form with the 2016 Netflix series ‘Stranger Things.’ In the sci-fi drama series, she played the central character of Joyce Byers, a single mother whose son vanishes without a trace. Her portrayal of Joyce earned her a Golden Globe nomination while the series went on to become one of the most popular titles of the streaming giant. Ryder is often referred to as an icon of a generation that is bullied and outcast because they were a little different from others. She played characters who reflected this alienated sentiment as people who felt insecure to live in a hostile society readily identified with her troubled, eccentric and spontaneous reincarnations. Now you must be wondering what is the next Winona Ryder movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Winona Ryder films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Winona Ryder movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.
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